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Scotland: Unions welcome news that cabin crew jobs at risk of redundancy ‘have now been saved’

UNIONS have welcomed news that cabin crew jobs at risk of redundancy across Scottish airports have now been saved, thanks to training courses supported by the Scottish government. 

Loganair cabin crew workers through Unite negotiated with the airline to use the Covid Response Fund to mitigate compulsory redundancies. 

Thirteen courses were tailored to fit in with the role, including safety information being translated into British Sign Language as well as learning the basics that could be transferred into other situations outside the job.

As a result, up to 35 workers were protected from job losses.

Unite industrial officer Pat McIlvogue said: “Unite has repeatedly urged the Scottish government and companies like Loganair to work together in order to save jobs and this has been an excellent example of joint working.”

As redundancies were avoided, air traffic controllers for Highlands and Islands Airports Ltd have also voted overwhelmingly to renew their mandate for industrial action in opposition to a move to remote control towers. 

Prospect members have been taking limited industrial action including an overtime ban since January.

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