June 24, 2008

Airports Crippled

THE Scottish government have refused to intervene in a strike which crippled nine remote airports yesterday.

Trade union Unite, who represent firefighters and engineers, called a 24-hour walkout after rejecting a two per cent pay rise.

It led to the closure of the Highlands and Islands airports at Barra, Benbecula, Campbeltown, Islay, Kirkwall, Stornoway, Sumburgh, Tiree and Wick, hitting 2000 passengers.

The union called on the government to step in, insisting that without their authorisation, the management could not offer a higher pay rise.

But a government spokesman simply urged both sides to negotiate.

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