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UPDATED: Heathrow strikes for 5th August AND 6th August SUSPENDED

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Unite, the union representing 4000+ Heathrow Airport employees, has just announced that the strike scheduled for tomorrow, 5th August has been suspended.

UPDATE, 5pm MONDAY:  Unite has announced that the Tuesday strikes have also been postponed.  Workers will vote on a new pay offer tabled by the airport.  Strike on 23rd / 24th August remain on the table whilst this vote takes place.

The suspension only affects the first day of planned strike action. At this time, the second day – commencing at 00:01 on Tuesday morning and running until 23:59 Tuesday Evening – is still scheduled to go ahead.

The suspension has been agreed in order to allow further talks between senior Heathrow Airport and Unite officials at ACAS tomorrow, with the intention of “averting a second day of planned strike action”.

It is not clear how airlines will respond to this. Contingency plans already set in place – including the diversion of some flights to other London airports – are likely to remain, although the stricter rules on hand baggage may now be lifted for Monday.

Comments (35)

  • roberto says:

    Tomorrows 6th August strike cancelled..

    • roberto says:

      Unite said:-

      “A strike by more than 4,000 workers at Heathrow due to start tomorrow (Tuesday 6 August) at 00:01 and finish at 23:59 has been suspended while the workforce votes on an improved pay offer, Unite, Britain and Ireland’s largest union, said today (Monday 5 August).

      Unite said it would not be revealing the details of the improved offer until its members involved in the ongoing pay dispute have had an opportunity to consider and vote on the new package.
      However, Unite said that the strikes already announced for Friday 23 August and Saturday 24 August remained on the table until the result of the ballot was known.

      Unite will not be commenting further until its members have considered the improved offer.”

  • Gringo says:

    BBC:
    Strike action at Heathrow on Tuesday has been called off after the airport group and the union Unite reached a deal over pay.

    Workers had planned to walk out on both Monday and Tuesday in a row over wages.

    Strike action over the two days has now been averted but Heathrow said a walkout on 23 and 24 August is still scheduled to go ahead.