Shetland MSP Tavish Scott has today questioned the Government on its public sector pay policy and called for intervention to end air traffic control strikes across the Highlands and Islands.
Mr Scott asked Public Finance Minister, Kate Forbes, what the implications are for public sector pay of the agreement reached with teachers in March. Mr Scott highlighted that Government Ministers intervened in that dispute, and called on the Government to do the same in the dispute between HIAL and the Prospect Union.
When responding, the Minister confirmed that the pay policy acts as a benchmark and that employers do have flexibility on pay in order to keep in mind local circumstances.
A planned strike by air traffic controllers at HIAL airports on 12 June has been suspended following a new pay offer from HIAL.
Commenting, Tavish said:
“I am pleased the planned strike for 12 June has been suspended. Strikes and work to rule measures have already caused serious disruption to lifeline flights for the islands. Future strikes are still threatened so ministers must be prepared to intervene to ensure a fair settlement is reached.”