16 September 2021

Ballot result brings NATS management back to the table

83% of members who voted in the recent ballot said they were willing to take strike action over the current dispute.

The ballot result has strengthened PCS’s position with management and NATS have confirmed that they will accept our proposals, setting out a plan to renegotiate the terms of the redeployment and redundancy agreement (RRA).

Negotiations are to start immediately on a new RRA and the company will reinstate the RRA for PCS grades until 31 December 2022.

If a new collective agreement cannot be reached by the end of October, then on 1 January 2023 we will revert to the current position of having no redundancy or redeployment agreement in place.

Management have also agreed to meaningful consultation on the NR23 preparations (a regulatory period set by the CAA), particularly around workforce planning, and discussions about pay.

Section president, Simon Campbell-Gurry commented: “This has been a long period of uncertainty for PCS members but I’m immensely proud of the way the membership united on this issue. We now enter a period of negotiations that I’m sure will present its own challenges but they will be undertaken in parity with our sister union. I’d like to personally thank members for their patience and support. The branch would also like to put on record its thanks to Adam Verinder, PCS industrial officer, for his support in delivering a great result in negotiations to date.