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Industrial action suspended by air traffic controllers in Highlands


By Gavin Musgrove


The suspension of industrial action for now by air traffic controllers working for Highlands and Islands Airports Ltd has been welcomed.

The Prospect union has announced that all strike action has been suspended pending the outcome of the ballot on HIAL’s revised offer.

Inverness Airport which is operated by HIAL and has been disrupted by industrial action.
Inverness Airport which is operated by HIAL and has been disrupted by industrial action.

Conservative Highlands MSP Edward Mountain said: “I am pleased that all industrial action has beeen suspended and I do hope that the revised offer, which is going to ballot, will bring a satisfactory conclusion for both sides.

"Families, businesses and health patients will welcome this positive step in the right direction.”

Highlands and islands Green MSP John Finnie said: “The Scottish Government owns HIAL, but the Transport Secretary has been posted missing during these negotiations.

"I’m not sure that Ministers in Edinburgh fully appreciate the significance of these connections, if they did maybe they’d have taken action to resolve this dispute already.

“Air traffic controllers ensure that my constituents in remote and island communities can make lifeline connections and I’m grateful for the important job they do.

"I have been fully supportive of Prospect and its members throughout the process, and hope that the situation is resolved satisfactorily soon.”



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