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Transport / Air traffic controllers to be balloted on pay deal

Sumburgh Airport. Photo: HIAL

A PAY offer has now been put forward by Highlands and Islands Airports Ltd (HIAL) to air traffic controllers in a bid to end their long-running dispute.

Members of the Prospect union will be balloted in the coming weeks.

The offer covers the period of April 2018 to April 2021 and it is worth at least 9 per cent over the three years, with an additional £9,000 over the period of the deal for a fully qualified controller.

Prospect will consult its members in December with the ballot closing on 3 January. Prospect is recommending that members vote to accept the offer.

The union’s David Avery said: “This offer means the potential for disruption for the public travelling to and from the highlands and islands is lifted.

“The deal has required compromise on both sides and I would like to thank Scottish Ministers for giving HIAL the authority to reach a deal. We will be consulting our members in December and recommending that they accept the offer.”

Earlier this week work to rule industrial action was suspended after a “preliminary agreement” was struck.