Air Traffic controllers in the IPMS union voted at a delegate conference last weekend to ballot members on strike action if the government continues its plans to privatise the National Air Traffic Services (NATS).
New Labour wants to sell 46 percent of NATS to private companies. 'We believe there is another way-a not for profit company that will actually get all the investment needed,' said Ian Findlay, IPMS aviation officer. 'Otherwise we are looking at a Railtrack of the skies.'
Controllers at London Air Traffic Control Centre recently rejected by 98 percent an attempt by management to buy back holiday days.