The Latest: Heathrow Airport workers delay start of strike

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FILE – In this file photo dated Tuesday, June 5, 2018, a plane takes off over a road sign near Heathrow Airport in London. Heathrow Airport officials and union leaders are holding last-ditch talks in hopes of averting a strike at Europe’s busiest airport. Security guards, firefighters, engineers and drivers at Heathrow plan to go on strike at one minute after midnight if negotiations on Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019 fail. The airport cancelled more than 170 flights scheduled for Monday and Tuesday in preparation. Members of the union Unite have voted to reject an offer Heathrow officials said provided a 7.3% pay increase over 2½ years. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, file)

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on contract negotiations for workers at London’s Heathrow Airport (all times local):

6:55 p.m.

A labor union that represents workers at London’s Heathrow Airport says the first day of a planned two-day strike has been suspended to union leaders, airport negotiators and their mediators more time to talk.

Security guards, firefighters, engineers and drivers at Heathrow had planned to go on strike at 12:01 a.m. Monday. The airport had already cancelled more than 170 flights scheduled for Monday and Tuesday.

A workplace dispute resolution firm plans to oversee talks with Heathrow Airport directors and officials from the Unite union with the aim of averting a second strike day scheduled for Tuesday. __

1:55 p.m.

Heathrow Airport officials and union leaders are holding last-ditch talks in hopes of averting a strike at Europe’s busiest airport.

Security guards, firefighters, engineers and drivers at Heathrow plan to go on strike at one minute after midnight if Sunday’s negotiations fail. The airport cancelled more than 170 flights scheduled for Monday and Tuesday in preparation.

Members of the union Unite have voted to reject an offer Heathrow officials said provided a 7.3% pay increase over 2½ years.

The union says it is focused on disparities between workers doing the same jobs and an “unacceptable” pay gap between workers and Heathrow CEO John Holland-Kaye.

Heathrow says it will remain open on strike days but security lines will likely be longer than normal. The airport advised passengers to contact airlines for updated flight information.

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