On behalf of HIAL, I would like to apologise for the disruption this further round of strike action will cause. We deeply regret the inconvenience and upset to hundreds of passengers affected by the strike action.
The strikes were called following the rejection of HIAL’s latest offer on July 4. The offer comprised a retention allowance that would have seen ATCOs benefit from an additional £10,000 over a five-year period.
Prospect presented a counter offer that significantly exceeds the flexibility and affordability of a publicly owned organisation.
Throughout this process, HIAL has been committed to resolving this dispute and has submitted a number of proposals that have been rejected outright by the union.
We wish to find a resolution to this dispute as soon as possible and would urge Prospect to sit down with us once again to find some common ground on which we can arrive at a negotiated settlement.
Our position has been consistent throughout. We can only deliver an affordable settlement within the terms of Public Sector Pay Policy. So far Prospect has continued to ask for a pay increase far in excess of what we are able to afford and that unfortunately remains the situation.
We remain committed to resolving the dispute. Our latest offer remains on the table and we will continue to explore potential solutions within our affordability.
The continued industrial action is having a significant impact on our passengers, communities and the airlines operating from our airports. We would encourage Prospect to revisit the offer and bring this dispute to an end.
The following airports will be closed to air traffic:
- Sunday 21 July 2019: Inverness Airport
Monday 22 July 2019: Sumburgh Airport, Kirkwall Airport
Tuesday 23 July 2019: Stornoway Airport, Benbecula Airport, Dundee Airport