A strike by easyJet check-in staff at Stansted due to start early this morning was suspended following last-ditch pay talks.

The 72-hour walk-out would have affected thousands of passengers on one of the busiest weekends of the summer.

The Unite union announced the suspension of industrial action while staff vote on a revised pay offer.

But other strikes remain planned for August 2-5, August 9-12, August 16-19 and August 23-27.

Unite represents 43 passenger service agents who work for Stobart Aviation Services, which hold the easyJet contract at the Essex airport.

The union called off a strike planned for Thursday, July 25, earlier this week.

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Unite suspended the latest strike action after day-long talks with the Stobart management under the auspices of the conciliation service Acas.

The union’s regional officer Mark Barter said on Thursday: “We had positive talks with the company today, under the auspices of Acas, and the outcome was that a revised pay offer has been put on the table.

“To give our members the opportunity to consider and to ballot on this offer we have suspended the 72 hour strike that was due to start at 3.30am tomorrow (Friday) and to end at 03.29am on Monday.

“Our members will be working normally this weekend.

“Today’s new offer comes after our members had rejected a previous pay offer earlier this week.

“We won’t be revealing the details of the revised offer until our members have voted on it.”