Unite Scotland has welcomed the decision by North Air based in Aberdeen to furlough employees during the COVID-19 crisis on full pay.

North Air is a fuel tanker company for aircraft based at Aberdeen Airport. The decision to furlough 27 workers in line with the UK government’s job retention scheme follows Unite securing a trade union recognition agreement with the company earlier this year.

Unite regional officer Shauna Wright said: “Unite the union is delighted that North Air has agreed to utilise the government retention scheme and top up the salary to 100 per cent for the workforce in Aberdeen. This is a welcome offer from the company and shows that North Air as an employer values it sstaff group during these difficult times. Unite earlier this year signed a recognition agreement with North Air and this is a testament to good working relationships at a local level. We hope that this shows all employers that doing the right thing at the right time is the way forward.”


Notes to editors:

  • Unite Scotland is the country’s biggest and most diverse trade union with around 150,000 members. The union is led in Scotland by Pat Rafferty.