The threat to summer holiday flights from Southampton airport has been lifted, after members of Unite, the country’s largest union, agreed to accept improved pension arrangements following talks with the airports’ owner, AGS.
Unite said there had been an overwhelming vote - 97 per cent - in favour of acceptance in a consultative ballot of the new offer, which was hammered out after two days of talks with the conciliation service Acas.
Unite members also overwhelmingly agreed a pay deal for 2016 which was also part of the Acas brokered package. The pay year runs from January-to-January and the deal will be backdated.
AGS Airports is a partnership between Ferrovial and Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (MIRA), established in 2014, to acquire Aberdeen, Glasgow and Southampton airports.
Unite regional officer Phil Silkstone said: “Unite is pleased to announce that our members at Southampton airport have accepted by a very large majority the Acas brokered deal on pay and pensions.
“This lifts the threat of industrial action at the airport which could have disrupted summer holiday flights.”
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Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.