Unite's national officers, Brian Boyd and Brendan Gold said: "Unite came to these negotiations with a strong mandate for industrial action.

"Today's negotiations between Unite and BAA - with the assistance of ACAS - have been constructive and Unite is pleased to announce we are calling off the strike action at BAA's six airports.

"Unite's negotiating committee will recommend a much improved offer from BAA. Details of the agreement will be made public once BAA staff have been advised of the improved offer.

"We would like to particularly thank ACAS for their valued assistance through these tough negotiations."

The union will now ballot its members on the details of the offer.

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