A last-minute pay offer to airport workers has been accepted – averting strike action later this week.
Aberdeen International Airport said the new deal – believed to be a 3% pay offer – has been accepted by Unite the union.
Unite and airport bosses held discussions with mediator Acason Monday and a 2.8% pay offer
However that deal was rejected by airport staff rejected by airport staff, paving the way
for strikes, the first of which would take place on Friday.
The union said the deal was turned down due to its lack of parity with fellow workers at Glasgow International Airport. Both airports are owned by AGS Airports – a partnership between Ferrovial and Macquerie Infrastructure and Real Assets (Mira).
However, this morning Aberdeen airport said its revised offer had now been accepted.
A spokeswoman said: “Following further discussions on pay Aberdeen International
Airport can confirm that Unite have accepted the final proposal from the company.
“We are in a position to confirm that the industrial action proposed by members of the union has been cancelled as a result, ensuring that there will be no disruption to our business partners and passengers.”
There were fears that industrial action would cause major disruption at the height of the summer season. If the strike action had gone ahead, around 170 workers would have taken part, including those from security and airfield operations, airside services, firefighters and passenger
Unite regional co-ordinating officer Tommy Campbell said: “Unite is pleased that the dispute with Aberdeen International Airport has now been resolved with all prospective industrial action now being cancelled.
“The company rightly recognised that our members deserved 3%, which was parity with fellow workers at Glasgow airport, returning to the negotiating table with an offer which is acceptable to Unite members.
“As a result, there will be no needless disruption to the airport’s operations and the wider public. It is a credit to our union stewards that Unite members supported their position throughout the process leading to a settlement acceptable to all.”