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Heathrow cancels 172 flights as two-day strike moves closer

Heathrow cancels 172 flights as two-day strike moves closer

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Heathrow Airport will cancel 172 flights on Monday and Tuesday after thousands of workers overwhelmingly rejected a revised pay offer.Unite said 88% of its 4,000 union members - who include security guards, firefighters and engineers - voted to refuse the deal, meaning the parties will head to last-ditch pay dispute talks in an effort to avert a strike. A two-day strike is set to start on Monday with further industrial action planned for 48 hours from 23 August.Unite warned the airport against paying millions of pounds in compensation to airlines for cancelled flights instead of using the money to settle the dispute.Unite regional officer Wayne King said: "Heathrow faces a compensation bill in the region of £4.6m from airlines if the planned strikes go ahead.