Aberdeen airport workers are to be balloted on an improved pay offer after talks to avert strike action ended.
More than half the 252-strong workforce at Aberdeen International Airport had planned to take part in a strike after 88% of workers rejected the latest pay deal.
However an improved pay offer was made during the discussions yesterday and will now be taken to a workplace ballot.
The talks were led by conciliation service Acas, who were contacted by the airport to mediate between both parties.
An Aberdeen International Airport spokeswoman said: “An improved offer was made to Unite and they have confirmed they will take the enhanced offer to a workplace ballot.
“We expect to hear the result within 24 hours.”
Regional officer for Unite Tommy Campbell said: “The dispute, under the auspices of Acas, has resulted in a revised offer which will be put to Unite members to decide if the new offer is acceptable or not.
“The consultation organised by the unite workplace representatives aims to conclude tonight.”
If the strike action was to go ahead, it would see around 170 workers taking part, including security and airfield operations, airside services, firefighters and passenger service agents.
Unite members have rejected two wage offers over the two previous years, saying they are below inflation increases.
In 2016, a potential strike by workers over pensions was averted after talks between union bosses and airport chiefs resulted in an “agreement in principle”.
There were fears industrial action could lead to major disruption at the north-east gateway at the height of the summer season.
The airport recently unveiled a much bigger and improved security hall, as well as new shops and a larger duty-free section as part of a £20 million investment at the terminal.