British airports strike averted after talks: union

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A strike that would have shut down six British airports on a key holiday weekend was averted after talks between unions and management on Monday, a spokesman for the Unite union said.

"We've reached a settlement that we're prepared to recommend to our members," the spokesman told BBC television.

"We'll be undertaking a ballot of our members."

Union members, including firefighters and security staff, had originally voted in favour of action over whay they saw as an insufficient pay offer.

The action would have affected London Heathrow -- the world's busiest international passenger airport -- as well as London Stansted and Southampton in southern England, and Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen in Scotland.

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