McArthur Demands Action on HIAL ATC Impasse

Orkney’s MSP, Liam McArthur, has today called for action to unlock the impasse between HIAL and Air Traffic Controllers, after the announcement that controllers will be going on strike over pay in April and the summer.

Commenting on developments, Mr McArthur said:

“It is already the case that HIAL’s handling of air traffic control centralisation has left many staff based in the islands deeply unhappy.  As well as the proposals themselves, there have been legitimate criticisms made about a lack of proper consultation.  Given that controllers have now voted to go on strike, it would appear that the problems extend more widely than just centralisation. 

“Given the lifeline nature of our air services, the impact that industrial action will have on those services must be taken extremely seriously.  This is a concern I have raised with HIAL and will be bringing to the attention of the Transport Minister as well as the First Minister”.

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