Heathrow: August Strike Action Postponed

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Heathrow Airport has said that strike action scheduled for August 23 and 24 has been postponed. The Unite union, which represents about 4,000 airport staff, said that the proposed strikes have been suspended while its members decide whether to accept a revised pay offer, up from 7.3% to 7.8%, over two years.

A ballot is already under way and will run until September 2.

A Heathrow statement said: “We have put an additional £2.5m on the table since talks began, with our current offer bringing the total pay rise to 7.8% over two years for all frontline colleagues.

“This is well above [Retail Prices Index inflation], higher than any other UK airport and helps to provide long-term wage certainty and job security.

“Heathrow has a duty to ensure the business is sustainable – particularly against the backdrop of increasing economic uncertainty facing the UK in the immediate future. The pay offer we have put on the table achieves that, in addition to being rewarding and fair to all colleagues.”