Prospect welcomes deal to secure Airwave's future

Prospect welcomes Motorola Solutions deal to secure Airwave's future

Prospect has welcomed the announcement that Motorola Solutions will acquire Airwave in a deal worth more than £800m.

Prospect is a recognised union at Airwave, which provides a bespoke and highly-resilient communications network for Britain's 300,000-plus emergency services frontline personnel, such as police officers, paramedics and fire fighters.

The company is currently challenging a decision by the Home Office to award the next emergency services contract to a rival operator.

Airwave is based in Berkshire and employs around 600 staff. It will be joining Motorola Solutions, which operates public safety communication systems in more than 20 countries.

Parmjit Dhanda, Prospect negotiator, said: "After months of uncertainty and speculation about Airwave's future, Prospect members will welcome this announcement and the stability we hope it will bring to the company.

"It creates an opportunity for Airwave to grow in European and US markets, as a wholly owned subsidiary of Motorola. We look forward to working with Airwave's senior management, and with Motorola, to ensure that our highly-skilled members' terms and conditions are respected."

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