Heathrow Airport refuelling strike suspended with new offer on the table

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Heathrow Airport  (AFP via Getty Images)
Heathrow Airport (AFP via Getty Images)

A strike among refuellers at Heathrow Airport planned to begin between Thursday and Sunday has been called off.

Members of Unite Union have been given another offer by their employer Aviation Fuel Services (AFS) following negotiations on Wednesday.

The union said it was a “sustainably improved offer” and as a result Unite suspended the strike action to allow members to ballot on the new offer.

Unite Regional Officer Kevin Hall said on their website: “Unite has consistently said that AFS was capable of making an offer more likely to meet members’ expectations. Following the assistance of ACAS, an improved offer was made.

“Members will now be given the time to consider and vote on the new offer.”

Unite union claims that workers have not received a pay rise for three years.

AFS is a joint venture operation. Its partners include BP, Total Energies, Q8 Aviation and Valero Energy.

Unite claimed strike action would “cause delays to hundreds of flights”.

AFS is responsible for refuelling half of the non-British Airways traffic at Heathrow Airport. Affected airlines include Virgin Atlantic, United, Singapore, KLM, American, Emirates, Air France and Delta.

AFS has been approached for comment.

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