Planned strike at Heathrow Airport suspended as union votes

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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