McArthur urges First Minister to help bring an end to airport strike action

Orkney’s MSP, Liam McArthur, has urged the First Minister to do everything possible to help bring an end to industrial action by air traffic control staff at airports across the Highlands and Islands.

During First Minister’s Questions today, Mr McArthur highlighted the disruption caused to services on lifeline routes serving Orkney and other communities across the region over recent weeks and voiced disappointment at the announcement by the trade union, Prospect, of a further day of strike action on 12th June.

Mr McArthur met with Prospect representatives on Wednesday, where he urged the union to get back round the table with HIAL management in order to resolve the long-running dispute.

A revised offer has now been prepared by HIAL and Orkney’s MSP called on the First Minister and her Transport Secretary to ensure that this could be formally put to staff as soon as possible.

Commenting after the exchange at FMQs, Mr McArthur said:

“This long running dispute needs to be brought to an end. The disruption to passengers, costs to businesses and the uncertainty created are in no-one’s interests and deeply damaging to what are, after all, lifeline services.

“HIAL has now submitted a revised offer, which Transport Scotland must sign off before it can be formally put to the trade unions and staff. It is imperative that this is done without delay. I hope that by raising the matter at FMQs today, the First Minister and her Transport Secretary will ensure this now happens.”

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