HIAL air traffic controllers set to strike over pay

Air traffic controllers working for Highlands and Islands Airports Limited (HIAL) have voted in favour of a 24-hour strike next month over pay.

Prospect union has said that seven of the group’s 11 airports will be affected by the industrial action on 26 April. These include: Dundee, Inverness, Wick, Kurkwall, Sumburgh, Stornoway and Benbecula.

Air traffic controllers working for HIAL will also begin action short of a strike on 1 April, which will carry on until 31 August.

HIAL expressed disappointment that its controllers are taking action and plans to meet with Prospect on Friday 8 March to explore potential solutions.

“Prospect is pursuing an increase in basic pay of at least 10% and has recently sought parity with London airports which is beyond what HIAL can offer as we are government-owned and must adhere to to the Scottish government’s pay policy,” said Inglis Lyon, HIAL’s managing director.

“We are working closely with our airline operators to minimise the disruption of industrial action and apologise in advance for the inconvenience this may cause.”

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