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WorldPlanned strike at Heathrow Airport suspended as union votes

16:05  14 august  2019
16:05  14 august  2019 Source:   msn.com

Labor union, airport avert midnight London Heathrow strike

Labor union, airport avert midnight London Heathrow strike Heathrow Airport officials and labor union leaders averted the start of a two-day strike by workers at Europe's busiest airport, agreeing Sunday to keep on talking with a mediator's help for at least another day. 

Staff working for Heathrow Airport announced strikes from July 26 last month. Over 4,000 workers, including security guards, engineers, passenger service operatives and passenger service drivers, were set to walk out. According to Unite the union , the walkout "could potentially shut down the airport ".

Unite the union plans to take industrial strike action at Heathrow on Friday 23rd and Saturday 24th August. Heathrow Airport Limited and Heathrow Airport Holdings Limited do not verify the accuracy or completeness of this flight information and disclaim any implied warranties with regard to it.

LONDON (AP) — Officials at London's Heathrow Airport say a planned strike has been suspended after the union representing security guards, firefighters and other workers gave its members time to consider the company's offer.

Planned strike at Heathrow Airport suspended as union votes © Steve Parsons/PA via AP Queues in Terminal 5 at Heathrow airport, Friday July 26, 2019.

Unite union members at Europe's busiest airport planned to strike Aug. 23-24 in an ongoing pay dispute. The airport said Wednesday the new offer gives a total pay rise of 7.8% over two years.

Heathrow says the raise is higher than any other UK airport and that it "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 Unite union has confirmed a ballot is underway on the revised pay offer for 4,000 security, airside operations and passenger services staff. It closes Sept. 2.

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