In addition to ongoing negotiations with the six employers of our members in the aviation group, PCS has also been engaging strongly at the political level to ensure long term job security in light of the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.
You will hopefully have seen this morning’s announcement on the opening of a voluntary redundancy window for non-operational staff. Whilst not unexpected this demonstrates the need for NATS to reduce the size of the workforce as the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic is felt.
Talks are ongoing with all employers in the group about their plans for recovery from the pandemic and its impact on the jobs of our members. For many there is a continuing situation of waiting what will happen if and when the government reduces or withdraws its furlough support.
The New Economics Foundation has today launched a report, in collaboration with the TUC, all unions with members in the aviation sector including PCS, and the aviation campaign group Possible, that sets out our demands to protect workers as the industry comes to terms with the fallout of the Covid-19 pandemic.
On 3 June, the chair of the Transport Select Committee, Huw Merriman MP, tabled an Emergency Aviation Questions session in Parliament, so the committee and other members of the house challenge the government on their current stance with regard the sector.