Northern Isles MSPs raise HIAL Strikes with Scottish Government


Orkney’s MSP, Liam McArthur, and Shetland’s MSP, Tavish Scott, have both today raised the impending HIAL air traffic control strike with the Scottish Government.

Mr McArthur wrote to the Transport Secretary, Michael Matheson MSP, demanding that he “do everything possible to bring both sides together in a bid to avoid this damaging industrial action taking place”, saying that “, the potential disruption … any such action is likely to have on lifeline services to/from Orkney and other airports affected would be significant”. Meanwhile, Mr Scott will seek to raise these concerns with First Minister later this week.

Commenting on developments, Liam McArthur and Tavish Scott said:

“There is absolutely no doubt that any industrial action on these routes would be hugely damaging to our island communities.  From isles patients attending hospital appointments to local businesses trying to remain competitive, these services are a genuine lifeline.

“Even at this late stage, we would urge HIAL and the unions to get back round the table and resolve this dispute.  Ministers must also do everything possible to help broker a resolution and avoid the massive disruption any airport closures would inevitably cause”

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