More than 4,000 workers at Heathrow airport have suspended a strike planned for 23-24 August in order to vote on a new pay offer.

The ballot will close on Monday, 2 September, after which point the Unite union will announce whether further industrial action will be taken.

A spokesperson for Heathrow said: “We have put an additional £2.5 million on the table since talks began, with our current offer bringing the total pay rise to 7.8 per cent over two years for all frontline colleagues.

“This is well above Retail Prices Index inflation, higher than any other UK airport and helps to provide long-term wage certainty and job security.

“Heathrow 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 pay offer we have put on the table achieves that, in addition to being rewarding and fair to all colleagues.”

The union had been in talks with Heathrow airport officials before suspending a strike that was meant to take place on 6 August.

Workers had earlier rejected an 18-month pay offer amounting to 2.7 per cent, which Unite claimed would amount to an extra £3.75 per day for the lowest-paid staff.

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