On 19 May, NATS gave both PCS and Prospect formal notice on our agreement on Redeployment and Redundancy NATSAG001. This agreement has a year’s notice period for either side which in simple terms means that this agreement will now cease to apply from 19 May 2021. NATS has indicated its intention to negotiate a new cheaper agreement in the interim period, which would cut the benefits of anyone made redundant. We were also informed that NATS would intend to restructure and would be a smaller organisation in the future but there is no more detail as to what that means as of yet.
The aviation group executive committee met on 26th May to provide updates from discussions with the individual employers, share information and develop our strategy to protect members.
On 24 May, one of the aviation group’s best and most liked reps, Keith Gilchrist, retired.
In PCS, we have prided ourselves on looking after the long term interests of our members, bearing in mind the threats we face from automation, climate change and of course the covid crisis. Simply defending our members against individual employers current round of attacks isn’t enough, we also need to work on long-term job security.
NATS has made an announcement in respect of a deferral of payments into the Defined Benefit pension scheme. Prospect and PCS are issuing the following clarification stating our position.