Strikes by Gatwick Airport baggage security screeners have been postponed.

The trade union Unite said the workers, who are employed by ICTS, agreed to call off the upcoming industrial action after an improved pay offer was made.

The strikes were originally set to take place from Friday to Sunday this week, and then from July 19 until July 21.

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The workers will not strike while they ballot on the offer, however if this is then rejected further industrial action will be scheduled.

Strikes on the same dates by 200 Wilson James workers, who provide special assistance services for vulnerable passengers, will still go ahead.

Unite regional officer Dominic Rothwell said: “As a sign of good faith, ICTS workers at Gatwick have postponed strike action while they are balloted on the new offer.

“Industrial action by Wilson James workers can also be avoided but only if the company comes forward with an improved deal.”