- Published: Tuesday, 31 March 2015 08:10
Airport strikes could be averted
The threat of a strike which could paralyse airports in Stornoway, Benbecula and Barra next week could be averted with new talks, due to start tomorrow between the union and employers. Security staff who are members of the union Prospect voted for strike action which is due to start at midday on April 7th, after the end of the Easter Holidays. HIAL have written to the trade union inviting them to negotiate. HIAL had said that the union were demanding 30% pay rises for their members, but Prospect says their conditions included overtime, holiday and sick leave arrangements as well as a rise of just 5%. Inglis Lyon, Managing Director of HIAL said: "We are contacting the union to once again invite them to talks. We have shown a willingness to engage with the union and we are prepared to consider more realistic claims from them. However, we cannot accede to demands for a near 30% pay increase."