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Gatwick airport staff call off strike

Undated handout photo of the North terminal at Gatwick Airport. A planned strike by workers at the airport who help passengers with disabilities has been called off after a new pay offer. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday December 17, 2018. See PA story INDUSTRY Airport. Photo credit should read: Jeffrey Milstein/Gatwick Airport/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

By Alan Jones, Press Association Industrial Correspondent

A planned strike by workers at Gatwick Airport who help passengers with disabilities has been called off after a new pay offer.

Members of Unite employed by logistics firm Wilson James were due to take action for 48 hours from Friday.

The union said workers will receive an additional £1 an hour as well as sick pay for those who do not currently receive it.

Workers are being urged to accept the deal in a ballot.

Unite regional officer Jamie Major said: "The hard-working staff who are dedicated to assisting passengers who require special assistance at Gatwick airport have been undervalued for far too long. This deal begins to address this."