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Compromise deal reached "in principle" following Inverness Airport strike, says HIA

By Philip Murray

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Inverness Airport.
Inverness Airport.

FURTHER strikes involving Inverness Airport staff may be avoided after a compromise deal was reached "in principle", said the site's operator.

In a statement released shortly after midday Highlands and Islands Airports managing director Inglis Lyon said a revised offer had been agreed in principle by the trade union Prospect, and will now go to a ballot of security staff. If they agree to the deal further strike action would be avoided, although if they reject it negotiations would continue and further disruption could be possible.

Mr Lyon said: “A revised offer was made to Prospect today which we understand will be the subject of a consultative ballot. Both parties have compromised and in so doing have secured some long term stability for the business.

"We are pleased at the progress we have made and believe that the agreement reached today delivers a balanced package of improvements to pay and conditions for security staff."

The potential deal comes following a 48 hour walkout by security staff earlier this month.

Prospect has yet to comment.

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