Air traffic controllers members of the Prospect trade union working at Highlands and Islands Airports Limited (HIAL) have voted to accept revised plans that retain jobs locally at on-site air traffic control (ATC) towers.
“this shows what we can achieve when we combine the power of unions with the voice of local communities.” Mike Clancy, General Secretary of Prospect
Reaction from Orkney’s politicians on HIAL and Prospect discussions
Talks have been constructive with both HIAL and Prospect agreeing a middle ground to move the discussions forward.
“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.”
The failure of the Scottish Government Transport Minister Graeme Dey to engage with HIAL’s air traffic controllers has been described as a ‘missed opportunity’ by the trade union representing them.
Attendees were unanimous in their concern over HIAL’s proposals for relocating jobs to Inverness and agreed to continue working together to secure the best possible outcome for the Highlands and Islands.
The trade union Prospect which represents air traffic controllers working at HIAL has invited politicians in the Highlands and Islands to a Jobs Summit today