A strike by more than 4,000 workers at Heathrow airport planned for 26 and 27 July has been suspended as members of the Unite union vote on a new pay offer.

Staff across multiple departments at the airport have been in a row with Heathrow after rejecting a pay offer amounting to a 2.7 per cent rise, which the union said would equate to an extra £3.75 per day for the lowest-paid workers.

However, Unite said a new offer had been tabled by the airport, which has now gone to a vote by members.

The union said it would not reveal details of the deal until after the vote and has warned that further strikes planned for 5, 6, 23 and 24 August “remained on the table” until the result of the ballot is determined.

Talks with ACAS are ongoing this week, according to Heathrow.

The airport claims the strike action “has been unreasonably designed to impact hard-working passengers taking well-deserved holidays and we are implementing contingency plans that will ensure the airport remains open and operating safely in the event of any strike”.

Passengers due to fly on any of the proposed strike dates in August are advised to monitor the situation.

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