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LONDON'S HEATHROW AIRPORT CANCELS 172 FLIGHTS AHEAD OF PLANNED WORKER STRIKE

LONDON'S HEATHROW AIRPORT CANCELS 172 FLIGHTS AHEAD OF PLANNED WORKER STRIKE

London's Heathrow Airport cancels 172 flights ahead of planned worker strike

LONDON (Reuters) - London's Heathrow Airport canceled more than 100 flights ahead of a two-day strike this week, British media reported Friday.

The union, the largest trade union in Britain, said its 4,000 members overwhelmingly rejected a wage-fixing deal ahead of last-minute talks between the union and Heathrow airport officials, and is likely to go on with the strike scheduled for Monday and Tuesday.

The airport, Britain's largest airport, preemptively canceled 172 flights during last-minute talks to avoid a strike, The Telegraph and The Independent newspaper reported.

The airport said it was still committed to reaching a solution with United, but accused it of "the proposed strike was unreasonably aimed at affecting passengers who are on vacation."

In a statement, the Unite union warned Heathrow officials "to choose to pay millions of pounds as compensation to airlines for canceling flights and causing passenger suffering, rather than taking an additional step and giving hardworking workers a fair salary increase."

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