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Even bosses reject air traffic sale

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Issue 1704

Even bosses reject air traffic sale

THE GOVERNMENT’S planned privatisation of air traffic control is so dangerous it has now pushed bosses of National Air Traffic Services to come out against it. Air traffic controllers and their union, the IPMS, have been warning for months that privatisation would compromise safety. Their bosses had originally backed the sell-off, until they recently found out the extent of the “efficiency savings” which are part of the scheme.

The government wants a 30 percent cut in costs. Paul Noon, general secretary of the IPMS union, said, “This is crazy stuff. It is what we have warned throughout would be the consequences of privatisation.”

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