The trade union which represents the workers, Prospect, has given notice to HIAL that workers in Air Traffic Control will be escalating their industrial action over the Remote Towers project.
” significant and unmitigable damage will be inflicted on island communities. The report is absolutely damning in its assessment of the damage this project will cause.” David Avery, Prospect
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.
Air traffic controllers at Highlands and Islands Airports Ltd are to take industrial action.
“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.”
“The Islands Act was supposed to protect Island economies from exactly these kind of misguided changes, but on its first real test it is being shown up as essentially worthless.”
Highland and Islands Airports Limited (HIAL) is a public corporation wholly owned by the Scottish Ministers.
“The proposals to downgrade services at Wick and Benbecula are staggering.”
“The deal has required compromise on both sides and I would like to thank Scottish Ministers for giving HIAL the authority to reach a deal, and we look forward to working constructively with HIAL in the future.”
“The deal has required compromise on both sides and I would like to thank Scottish Ministers for giving HIAL the authority to reach a deal.”