Threatened airport strikes called off

Threatened airport strikes called off

A threatened strike by hundreds of workers at Glasgow, Aberdeen and Southampton airports has been called off.

Members of the Unite union had rejected proposed changes to the pension schemes operated by airport owners AGS.

A new pension scheme offer will now be made to staff following talks. A ballot for strike action had been due to close today (Wednesday).

Security staff, those in airfield operations and firefighters were likely to have been involved, the BBC reported

Unite announced that pension talks involving AGS and firefighters and other staff at Southampton airport have progressed to a stage where a deal can be put to workers.

A ballot of the firefighters at the south coast airport will be suspended. Firefighters were the only group of workers balloted at Southampton.

A negotiated settlement to the dispute is being actively pursued through the trade union committees and members with the aim of resolving the dispute, Unite said.

The deal also includes a proposed settlement for the pay arrangements for Glasgow and Southampton airports respectively for 2016.

“While further talks need to be undertaken with AGS, the discussions concluded on a very positive basis, Unite said.

The union’s Southampton regional officer, Phil Silkstone, said: “Unite from the outset has endeavoured to reach a negotiated settlement with AGS over the proposed changes to pensions’ schemes changes at Southampton.  

“We are pleased that we have reached an agreement in principle which safeguards and extends our members’ interests while the company saves up to £3.5 million a year. We will now take the offer to our members for their approval.”

AGS Airports is a partnership between Ferrovial and Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets, established in 2014 to acquire Aberdeen, Glasgow and Southampton airports. 

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