The union that threatened Christmas air passengers with eight separate days of strike action at Birmingham International Airport has denied it has performed a Uturn by accepting a compromise deal.
On Monday night the industrial action threatened by Amicus members was cancelled after the union agreed to enter into binding arbitration despite rejecting a similar offer prior to the November ballot of members.
Amicus regional officer Peter Coulson said: "It certainly is not a U-turn.
"The terms of the arbitration, with the airport agreeing to review surveillance and working practices, is the core of the dispute.
"Following discussions last week the union feels more optimistic that their members' cases have been strengthened and the union is prepared to take this case to third party arbitration which will avert strike action and will not compromise our members' rights."
The dispute was sparked by the sacking of two security workers, with 52 years' experience between them at BIA, for unauthorised absences and falsifying attendance records.
Mr Coulson confirmed the binding arbitration did not preclude the two men from taking BIA to an employment tribunal for unfair dismissal.
Last week, BIA claimed 22 members of Amicus at the airport - about 11 per cent of the membership - had left the union in protest at the industrial action.
Richard Heard, BIA managing director, said: "We are delighted that the threat of industrial action has been called off and the dispute has been settled with the union."