At least 2,000 staff at Heathrow Airport called off industrial action on Friday, as they voted to accept a pay deal struck with airport management. 

Security officers aligned to Unite union had called 18 strike days in 2023 and had planned 31 days of industrial action over the busy summer months. They had accused the airport managers of “poverty pay”, but accepted a new offer of pay increases between 15.5% and 17.5% across the jobs affected. 

It is hoped the new deal will avoid the same chaos that Heathrow experienced in 2022, as strike action coincided with the airline industry’s rebounding from the Covid-19 pandemic. 

“We can now move forward together and focus on delivering an excellent summer for our passengers,” an airport spokesperson said.

Unite general secretary Sharon Graham expressed that “This was a hard-won victory which demonstrates what can be achieved when workers stand together and take action together.” 

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