Following the press release by Lib Dem MSP Tavish Scott (today 12 July) regarding strike action taking place at by Unite members at Aberdeen airport, in which he suggested that the strike will harm NHS patients, Unite issued the following press statement.
Unite Scottish secretary Pat Rafferty said: “Unite is disappointed that Shetland MSP Tavish Scott chose to approach the media regarding strike action by workers at Aberdeen Airport affecting NHS patients living in Orkney and Shetland without discussing the details of the dispute first with a Unite representative.
"It is clearly not Unite’s intention to put life or limb in danger and if essential services that require dispensation are necessary, we will have those discussions with the relevant parties involved in the dispute.
"As of today no one from the company involved in the dispute has approached Unite to seek dispensation.
"If Tavish Scott had been that concerned he could have picked up the phone and would have been told that we have a meeting at Acas on Monday. We would urge the company to come to the table with a sensible offer that can be put to our members to resolve the dispute.”