Heathrow security personnel call off their strike.
After voting to accept a salary offer, Heathrow airport security workers called off their strike.
Approximately 2,000 members of the Unite union were scheduled to go on strike for 29 days this summer.
The airport’s Unite personnel had already announced that they would postpone their strike on June 24 and 25.
According to the union, workers agreed to accept a salary raise ranging from 15.5% to 17.5% depending on their band.
“We are pleased to confirm Unite members have voted to accept a two-year above-inflation pay deal, ending the current dispute and allowing the strikes to be called off,” a Heathrow spokeswoman said.
“We can now move forward together and focus on delivering an excellent summer for our passengers.”
Strikes during the summer, when many UK schools are out, might have been disruptive and resulted in long lines at airport security.
Sharon Graham, general secretary of Unite, called it a “hard-won victory.”
The offer comprises a 10% wage boost backdated to January, rising to 11.5% in October, and an inflation-adjusted increase in 2024, with a minimum uplift of 4%. Unite stated that “when the pay increase is implemented, spot rates, salary ranges, and formal pay progression will increase.”
Unite also stated that the agreement contained better maternity and paternity benefits.
Earlier in June, Heathrow security workers at Terminals 3 and 5 announced a 31-day summer strike after rejecting a salary offer of 10.1%, which they claimed was “below inflation.”
The Consumer Prices Index presently measures inflation at 8.7%, although the Retail Prices Index measured 11.3% in the year to May.
Workers in numerous industries across the UK have gone on strike, primarily over pay demands that keep up with the rising cost of living.