Orkney’s MSP, Liam McArthur, has today reacted to confirmation that air traffic controllers at HIAL airports plan to go on strike on Friday 26th April.
The trade union, Prospect. has indicated that air traffic controllers at seven airports across the region will take action short of a strike on 1st April and disruption will continue throughout the summer to 31st August. This will include instruction to work to rosters; refusal of non-medical extensions; an overtime ban; and withdrawal of good will.
Reacting to the news, Mr McArthur said:
“While I recognise that steps are being taken to allow for emergency flights and to enable the inter isles service to continue to operate in Orkney, there is no doubt that this proposed industrial action will be deeply damaging for our islands and the other communities affected.
“I hope that, in time available, HIAL and the unions will commit to resolving this dispute and avoiding the inevitable disruption it will cause on these lifeline services”.