Update on Air Traffic Control Industrial Action

HIAL met with representatives from Prospect in Inverness on Thursday 21 March 2019 to discuss the ongoing pay dispute.

HIAL again tabled discussion on a possible retention allowance for Air Traffic Control Officers.  However, Prospect have indicated that this would not be their members’ preferred option and they do not believe it would address their underlying pay issues.

As it stands the claim from the trade union remains a minimum of a double digit increase effective from 1 April 2018.

A report compiled jointly between HIAL and Prospect on air traffic controller pay at non-HIAL airports found no evidence of a significant pay differential with other comparable airports.

At this point, it has not been possible to reach an agreement with the trade union on their pay dispute.  Therefore, HIAL and Prospect have agreed to refer the matter to ACAS in a bid to resolve the matter.