The decision by North Air based in Aberdeen to furlough employees during the COVID-19 crisis on full pay has been welcomed by the trade union Unite.
North Air is a fuel tanker company for aircrafts based at Aberdeen Airport. The decision to furlough 27 workers in line with the UK Government’s Job Retention Scheme follows Unite securing a trade union recognition agreement with the company earlier this year.
Commenting on the decision, Unite Regional Officer, Shauna Wright, said:
“Unite the Union are delighted that North Air have agreed to utilise the government retention scheme and top up the salary to 100% for the workforce in Aberdeen.
“This is a welcome offer from the company and shows that North Air as an employer values their staff group during these difficult times.
“Unite earlier this year signed a recognition agreement with North Air and this is a testament to good working relationships at a local level.
“We hope that this shows all employers that doing the right thing at the right time is the way forward.”