Air traffic controllers threaten strike over safety

Air traffic controllers will vote on strike action if the
Government does not change its plans to privatise the service.

Iain Findlay, national officer for aviation for the
controllers’ union the IPMS, said his members had agreed to hold a ballot on industrial
action if ministers refused to consider alternatives to the planned
public-private partnership.

He commented, “What our members are saying is that it is
impossible to consider profit and safety in the same equation.”

The union will meet with the Government ministers this week
to highlight its concerns and hammer home its message.

By Ben Willmott

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