“we have the worst connectivity in the UK by far so how does HIAL mean to overcome this? I personally have not been convinced that safety aspects reliant on digital connectivity in particular can be met.”
“We believe that local knowledge should be viewed as an essential skill for the Boards of organisations accountable to the Scottish Government. “
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.
“Physical developments could be constrained by the surveillance that is introduced. Very significant negative impact. “
” 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
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.
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.