Strikes by Unite union members at Southampton Airport throughout the summer have been called off.
The strikes would have caused total chaos to holiday makers if gone ahead. This is because striking fire-fighters would have not been on duty for several days and the airport would have to shut down.
This would have effected around 1.8 million passengers using the airport during the peak summer months.
The strikes have been halted due to a deal being reached with employees and airport bosses, AGS, which took two days of negotiations. A deal over pay was also agreed upon.
The disputes were over pension changes to fire-fighters, which the union claim would be ‘significant and detrimental’.
The deal was accepted by 97% of Unite members.
Speaking about the result, Unite’s 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.”