British union calls off pre-Olympics border strike

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Members of Sweden's Olympic team arrive at Heathrow Airport, in London on Tuesday, July 24, 2012.  The opening ceremonies of the Olympic Games are scheduled for Friday, July 27. (AP Photo/Steve Parsons, PA) UNITED KINGDOM OUT; NO SALES; NO ARCHIVE
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Members of Sweden's Olympic team arrive at Heathrow Airport, in London on Tuesday, July 24, 2012. The …

LONDON (AP) — A union on Wednesday called off a pre-Olympics strike by immigration staff at London's Heathrow Airport, a relief to government officials who sued to try to stop it.

The government's job-creation plans has gone some way toward assuaging the union's concerns over pay and employment, Mark Serwotka of the Public and Commercial Services Union said.

"We're pleased. We've made progress," Serwotka said. "That's why we've made this decision."

The threatened 24-hour-walkout had been timed for Thursday — the day before the 2012 Games' opening ceremony.

Britain's Home Office said Wednesday that it welcomed the decision.

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