Air Traffic Controllers in the Highlands and Islands are reviving their industrial action against Highlands and Islands Airports Ltd, throwing doubt over flights from tomorrow (Saturday June 29th)
David Avery, negotiations officer for Prospect - the union which represents the ATCs, said:“Prospect members in HIAL have overwhelmingly rejected the revised pay offer made by HIAL.
"The work-to-rule which was suspended during the ballot will restart tomorrow (Saturday 29 June).
"Prospect will meet with representatives on Monday to consider the ballot result prior to a meeting with HIAL on Thursday 4 July to try and resolve this dispute and reach an offer which is acceptable.”
HIAL stated earlier that Prospect received a formal proposal from the company on 3 June 2019, and following further discussion the offer, based on a retention allowance, was enhanced and Prospect agreed to ballot their members.
At the same time, they also agreed to suspend all industrial action, including the work to rule, pending the outcome.
Throughout this process, the Government has been clear that the pay remit for 2018/19 could not be reopened – however, they permitted HIAL to develop a retention allowance in a bid to resolve the dispute.
Inglis Lyon, HIAL’s Managing Director said: “We are obviously disappointed that our latest offer has been rejected by Air Traffic Control Officers, despite enhancing our formal offer following last-minute discussions with Prospect.
“It is unfortunate that the industrial action has been reinstated during the peak holiday period and I would like to apologise in advance to our passengers, customers and local communities for the disruption this will inevitably cause.
“The offer was made within the parameters of the Scottish public pay policy in a bid to resolve the dispute to the satisfaction of both parties. We have encouraged Prospect to meet and discuss an alternative solution within the flexibilities afforded to the company.
“We remain committed to resolving this dispute and a meeting with Prospect will take place on Thursday 4 July.”
The work to rule will be reinstated from 00.01 on 29th June.
HIAL say they have not received any further dates for strike action.
(This report has been updated to include Prospect reaction and comment since first being posted)