Strikes by some of the workers at Gatwick Airport involved in pay disputes have been suspended.

Unite said planned action by almost 600 DHL workers has been suspended following an improved pay offer.

But strikes by around 450 ASC, Menzies Aviation and GGS workers at Gatwick are still scheduled to take place from July 28 to August 1, with a further four days from August 4 to August 8.

The DHL workers will be balloted on the new offer and strikes scheduled to take place from July 28 to August 1 will now not go ahead.

If the workers reject the deal, fresh strike dates will be announced.

Unite regional officer Dominic Rothwell said: “As an act of good faith, Unite’s Gatwick DHL members have agreed to suspend their first set of strikes while they are balloted on the new offer.

“Strikes by ASC, Menzies and GGS workers are still scheduled to go ahead. Unite urges the remaining employers to return to the negotiating table and put forward an offer our members will accept.”

EasyJet, which has Gatwick as its main airport of operations, announced earlier this month that it had been forced to cancel 1,700 scheduled services amid the threat of disruption.