“I am hopeful that this is a step in the right direction and proper consultation with employees and affected communities can begin.” Rhoda Grant MSP
Highlands and Islands Airports Ltd (HIAL) and Prospect are discussing a possible alternate method of delivery for the Air Traffic Management Strategy (ATMS) project.
“significant unanswered questions” About HIAL’s Remote Towers: Letter to Scottish Transport Minister
“This letter, signed by local and national politicians of all parties, demonstrates the strength of feeling about HIAL’s ill-considered plans to remove high value jobs from the communities they serve.”
MSPs on the Scottish Parliament’s Citizen Participation and Public Petitions Committee have today, 8th September, agreed to continue to probe into Highlands and Islands Airports Ltd’s (HIAL) deeply unpopular Remote Towers Project.
Letters:”Do the views and needs of Island communities carry any real weight with politicians and the public bodies who answer to them?”
“I guess it may seem strange to celebrate a day of strike action by workers providing a lifeline service, but in the case of the HIAL air traffic controllers I think that I am justified.”
Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MP Angus MacNeil has called for an urgent meeting between the Scottish Government, HIAL, unions, local councils and the Civil Aviation Authority to discuss the controversial remote towers project.
Spiralling costs, the safety of using untested technology and the impact on local communities of the loss of well paid jobs were the three main themes to come out yesterday’s Scottish Parliament committee which was looking into HIAL’s Remote Towers Project.
“Prospect members in HIAL are absolutely committed to protecting and serving their local communities. That is why they are opposing this deeply damaging project which will reduce services at two airports, take £2.2 million of direct employment out of local economies and put nearly 50 staff out of a job.”
“Calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to halt Highlands & Islands Airports Ltd’s Air Traffic Management Strategy Project to conduct an independent assessment of the decisions and decision-making process of the ATMS project.
“The ATMS programme will have social and economic implications for communities across the region. The primary impact will come from the loss of high-quality jobs from remote communities and centralise the economic benefits in Inverness.”