Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has backed the upcoming “jobs summit” this Thursday to discuss the impact of HIAL’s planned relocation of air traffic control jobs to Inverness, organised with the union Prospect and Western Isles MP Angus MacNeil. The summit will take place remotely on Thursday at 2pm. All Highlands and Islands MPs and MSPs have been invited, along with local council leaders.
Commenting on the summit’s announcement, Mr Carmichael said:
“I’ve worked with Prospect and other colleagues to get this event up and running and I believe it will be a valuable opportunity for proposals to be exchanged on how we can oppose these job cuts. I will be there and hope that other leaders from across the Highlands and Islands will be there as well.
“This is a matter that cuts across party lines so we must work together. HIAL and the Scottish Government have shown an astonishing disinterest in local views on their damaging plans and so we need to put our views across in the strongest possible way to make a change. Councils, MPs and MSPs all have an interest in protecting these jobs and should be part of this initiative.”