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The Prospect union today ( Wednesday May 29th) stepped up its battle for the skies over the Highlands and Islands.

Its air traffic controller members will strike again in June.

The Prospect union has served notice that air traffic controllers at Highlands and Islands Airports Ltd are set to strike on Wednesday 12th June.

This follows strike action on 23rd May which closed six airports across the Highlands and Islands.

Prospect negotiator David Avery said: “Since the initial strike action we have received no new offer from the employer, therefore our members have taken the decision to undertake a second day of strike action.

“The onus is now on HIAL and Scottish Government ministers to engage seriously with this dispute and come up with a proposal that will resolve this issue.

“We remain willing to negotiate in good faith and hope that an acceptable solution can be found.”

Inglis Lyon, Managing Director of HIAL said: “Prospect were advised this morning, Wednesday 29 May, that HIAL were preparing a further proposal which we hoped would resolve the current dispute, and would be presented to them early next week. 

“Our proposal recognises the skills of our Air Traffic Control Officers and the importance of delivering air traffic management services for the future.  The proposal is within the flexibility granted by the Scottish Government to examine a retention allowance for ATCOs. 

“We requested that Prospect suspend further dates for strike action to allow consultation on our offer to take place. 

“It is extremely disappointing that the union has chosen to ignore our request and announce a further day of strike action on 12 June.

“Our aim is to resolve this dispute as soon as possible and we will, of course, continue to engage with Prospect to consult on our proposal.”

Airports that will be directly affected are Dundee, Inverness, Wick, Kirkwall, Sumburgh, Stornoway, and Benbecula.  And industrial action short of a strike continues to affect flights throughout the area.

There have been complaints from Loganair representatives and others that there is no obvious attempt being made to resolve the dispute with warnings that there is a growing risk that Loganair’s services will be reduced permanently if they continue to lose income at this rate.

Claims that this is really about the HIAL’s longterm plans to rationalise air-traffic control have been rejected by both sides.