Strike action by baggage workers at Heathrow Airport has been called off after an increased pay deal, Unite Union has announced.
The proposed action from October 20 to October 30 was withdrawn last night, as the baggage carousel maintenance firm Vanderlande Ltd agreed to an increased pay deal for their workers at Heathrow.
Details of the pay increase are not yet known.
Vanderlande had initially offered a 2.5% increase, which Unite described as ‘pitiful’, and then a 5% increase, both of which were rejected by members.
Union officials cited the current inflation rate of 6.7% and Vanderlande’s most recent published accounts showing profits of £3.7m.
Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said: “There is power in a union – our members stood firm and have now negotiated a better pay deal from their employer.”
She went on to encourage Unite membership, promising a continued effort for better jobs, working conditions and pay.
Regional officer for Unite Russ Ball added: “Our members voted overwhelmingly in favour of this improved offer which wouldn’t have come about if it wasn’t for their commitment to the cause and willingness to stand firm and campaign for a better deal.”
The news will come as a relief to half-term holiday makers, for whom the strike may have caused considerable delays.
Heathrow saw seven million passengers pass through its terminals in September, a record for the month. This is set to continue in October with half term next week.
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