Threat of Christmas disruption at Heathrow lifted as strike is called off

More than 460 members of Unite, employed by the ground handler Dnata, were due to strike in a dispute over pay.

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The threat of disruption tomorrow and on Christmas Eve at Heathrow has been lifted. More than 460 members of Unite, employed by the ground handler Dnata, were due to strike in a dispute over pay. Instead they will be balloted on the revised pay proposals.

Talks took place over the weekend at the conciliation service, Acas. Kevin Hall, regional officer for Unite, said: “All of this could have been avoided if the company hadn’t refused requests to negotiate and go to Acas a number of weeks ago.”

Travellers using Heathrow are facing delays today because of high winds. The flow rate of arriving aircraft has been slowed, with many flights between 30 minutes and an hour late.

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