The Remote Towers Project which will see the loss of highly skilled Air Traffic Control jobs from the islands has the full backing of the Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity , Michael Matheson.
“The HIAL Board includes no representation from island communities, and it’s clear to me from their decisions and tone to date that they just don’t get it.” Steve Sankey
Plans by Highlands and Islands Airports Ltd (HIAL) to move well paid skilled jobs from the islands to Inverness have been described as ‘a mindset of the Past’ by convener of a Scottish Parliament committee, Johan Lamont, Labour.
“I want to add my voice to the drive to ensure renewable energy projects such as these create pathways for young people to make the most from the opportunities presented.”
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.
Kirkwall airport is to become a test centre for different types of low carbon aircraft.
Air traffic controllers at Highlands and Islands Airports Ltd are to take industrial action.
“Democracy, with it’s lifeblood of accountability, is a muscle which requires constant exercise to keep it supple and healthy. “
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.
If the air traffic controllers approve of this then a short strike would start on 4th of January 2021.