Highlands And Islands Airports to be Hit by Industrial Action

kirkwall airportIt looks ever more likely that Air Traffic Controllers will be out on strike across HIALs airports. Airports that will be directly affected are Dundee, Inverness, Wick, Kirkwall, Sumburgh, Stornoway, and Benbecula.

Members of the Prospect Trade Union will be taking strike action on the 26th of April in relation to their 2018-19 pay offer.

Industrial action will start on the 1st of April and continue throughout the summer to the 31st of August. This will include instruction to work to rosters; refusal of non-medical extensions; an overtime ban; and withdrawal of good will.

The Trade Union will be seeking  a protocol with HIAL to ensure there is cover for emergency incidents during the period of the strike.

David Avery, Prospect negotiations officer, said:

“Prospect members have agreed to delay any strike action until after the Scottish school holidays have concluded. Our members do not want to stop their friends and neighbours visiting their families during the school holidays.

“I urge HIAL and Scottish Ministers to use the additional time members have given them to bring forward real proposals to resolve the dispute rather than the same offer which has already been rejected twice.”

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