Industrial Action suspended at HIAL airports

Prospect has confirmed that the current strike action by airport fire service and security members has been called off with effect from Monday 13 March.

HIAL met with the three trade unions, PCS, Prospect and Unite yesterday, Thursday 9 March, and made an enhanced pay offer.

This offer was positively received and will allow the unions to consult and ballot their members. The trade unions have agreed to suspend industrial action while the ballot is underway.

Inglis Lyon, Managing Director said: “The new business case presented to Transport Scotland at the beginning of the week was approved and allowed us to make an improved pay offer.

“The trade unions welcomed this offer and have confirmed that they will now ballot their members on acceptance.

“We look forward to the outcome of the ballot and are hopeful for a positive result to resolve the current industrial dispute.

“We apologise for the disruption this industrial action has caused and would ask passengers to contact their airline if they have any questions on flights.”


Prospect and Unite have confirmed that they will now ballot their members on acceptance and have advised that the ballots will run from Monday 13 March to Monday 20 March.

PCS will consult with its members and its National Disputes Committee.  As HIAL members are part of the national dispute, PCS has confirmed that the strike action planned for Wednesday 15 March will not be suspended.  

PCS has a very small number of Aerodrome Flight Information Officers (AFISOs) and administration/support staff at Barra, Inverness, Kirkwall, and Stornoway airports.  Airport Managers have confirmed that these airports will remain open as normal, and we do not anticipate disruption for passengers on 15 March.

Published: 10th March 2023