London’s Heathrow Airport could avoid a planned strike after the union representing security guards, firefighters and other workers gave its members time to consider an offer the company had made to find a compromise on Wednesday August 13th.
Officials at Heathrow Airport said the strike over an ongoing pay dispute could be suspended. Originally, Unite union members at Europe's busiest airport were planning to go on strike on August 23rd and 24th.
Fortunately, for many travellers in the busy summer month of August, the airport said on Wednesday it was willing to make a new offer giving a total pay rise of 7.8% over two years.
Heathrow accompanied the offer with comments saying the raise was higher than any other UK airport and that it had “a duty to ensure the business is sustainable, particularly against the backdrop of increasing economic uncertainty facing the UK in the immediate future."
Unite has confirmed that a ballot is underway on the revised pay offer for 4,000 security, airside operations and passenger services staff. AP reported the ballot is to close on September 2nd.