The TC Section, with the full support of the ATCOs’ Branch BEC, on Monday raised a dispute over the distinct lack of engagement and highly contentious principles around the Approach Resilience Mode project.
Since this program was first talked about the Section has asked to be informed about the project and requested involvement at all stages of its development. This is because of the serious reservations our members held about what was being proposed and the concerns they have approached the Section to raise.
Unfortunately it has become apparent that this request has, at best, translated in to inviting Section representatives to the bare minimum possible, whilst at worst it appears that the Local TU has been deliberately kept away from involvement in this project.
This project will drastically affect a group of controllers within the TC operation who are already working an over hours roster to try and mitigate the consequences of decisions made by Unit Management in the past that have left the Stansted and Luton operations woefully short of staff. To now try and force this procedure on these members without adequately engaging with their elected representatives and without listening to their concerns because of commercial pressures flies squarely in the face of the “safe in everything we do’’ mantra we all should operate to.
The Section yesterday raised these issues to the General Manager Swanwick in the hope that we could slow down the project and discuss the concerns of the members. Unfortunately whilst acknowledging our concerns we were informed that training for this project would commence imminently. From these actions it is hard to arrive at any other conclusion other than that it is the Unit Management’s intention to drive ahead with this project without listening to the TC members concerns.
We recognise how disappointing this news will be to TC members. Rest assured that the Section and Branch will provide all support and help to members around this as necessary.
The principles behind this project are purely driven by the commercial pressure being applied to NATS. The TC Section are a hard working, committed group of individuals but they are not ‘the union’; we are all part of something and every member needs to send a message that this commercial pressure and, in our opinion, the short cutting of the regular unit endorsement process is unacceptable in our operation.
As always, we are here for each and everyone of our members at any time.
11th October 2018
11th October 2018