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Prospect union to hold Highlands and Islands Jobs Summit over Hial's remote towers plan to centralise air traffic control operations in the Highland capital – the plan has been criticised by local MPs, MSPs and councillors

By Ian Duncan

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Inverness Airport.
Inverness Airport.

Prospect union has invited politicians in the Highlands and Islands to a Jobs Summit on Thursday to discuss the impact of Highlands and Islands Airports Ltd's (Hial) planned relocation of high value air traffic control jobs to Inverness.

Air traffic staff working for Hial took part in a one day strike last week as part of ongoing industrial action aimed at hanging Hial's mind on the controversial remote towers project, which has been condemned by politicians and was heavily criticised by an independent Islands Impact Assessment.

Prospect deputy general secretary Garry Graham said: “Prospect’s industrial action against Hial over the misguided remote towers plan is about protecting good quality, skilled jobs in the Highlands and Islands and upholding the integrity of the Islands Act.

“The Summit brings together politicians to discuss how those opposed to this plan can work together to make sure that organisations like Hial cannot ride roughshod over the wishes of workers and local communities which badly need these jobs.

“We know that local MPs, MSPs, and councillors are deeply concerned about the consequences of the remote towers project and we look forward to a good discussion.”

The Highlands and Islands Jobs Summit will take place remotely on Thursday at 2pm.

All Highlands and Islands MPs and MSPs are invited along with local council leaders.

Related article: HIAL confirms six airports closed on Thursday, July 29, as a result of strike action by Prospect and involves air traffic controllers – the airports which are affected Benbecula, Dundee, Inverness, Kirkwall, Stornoway and Sumburgh

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