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Stansted Airport easyJet check-in strike suspended as workers ponder new pay offer

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Aircraft at Stansted Airport. (14159231)
Aircraft at Stansted Airport. (14159231)

A 24-hour strike by easyJet check-in staff at Stansted Airport has been called off.

The industrial action was due to take place on Thursday (July 25), but it has been suspended while workers vote on an improved pay offer.

Unite, Britain and Ireland's largest union, represents 43 passenger service agents employed by Stobart Aviation Services Ltd, which has the easyJet contract at the Uttlesford hub.

Unite regional officer Mark Barter said: "We had positive talks with the company, under the auspices of the conciliation service Acas, and the outcome was that an improved pay offer has been put on the table.

"This offer will not be revealed until our members have considered and voted on it. The ballot result should be known on Thursday morning.

"To allow this ballot to proceed, we have suspended the 24-hour strike that was due to start at 3.30am on Thursday. However, the strikes on Friday, Saturday and Sunday due to end at 3.29am on Monday (July 29) are still scheduled to go ahead if our members do not agree the new pay package.

"We are also pleased to announce that the company has now signed a recognition agreement with Unite for trade union collective bargaining purposes, which was a key demand of our members."

Unite said that there are also strikes planned for August 2-5, 9-12, 16-19 and 23-27.

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