STRIKE action at Prestwick Airport has ended after workers and union members accepted an improved wage offer.

Trade union Unite have said that they have secured significant improvements to the pay, terms and conditions of over 80 members. 

On average workers will receive a pay uplift of around £1,500 and for some workers up to £2,000 over the year.

Unite represents workers including airport security, firefighters, airfield operators, ground crew, ground handling, cargo, customer services, and cleaners at Prestwick Airport.

The deal, backdated to April 1, includes a basic 6.5 per cent wage increase, two extra days of annual leave, and a one-off £250 payment.

There are also improvements to sick pay provision and on-call payments. Unite has further ensured that the Real Living Wage of £9.90 per hour will be paid as a minimum to all airport workers.

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The pay deal follows weeks of negotiations facilitated by the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas) involving both parties. 

Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said: “Unite has secured significant improvements for our members at Prestwick Airport which is worth for some workers up to £2,000 more in their annual pay.

"The deal only came about because our members took the brave stance of taking strike action.

They should be proud of their action in securing this deal which has delivered better jobs, pay and conditions.”

"By 78 per cent on an 84 per cent turnout, Unite members supported strike action at Prestwick Airport in July.

"Prestwick Airport is a cargo base and hosts significant numbers of military flights and refuels from North America, along with domestic and international commercial flights."

The airport was taken into public ownership in November 2013 after being purchased by the Scottish Government for £1.