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LIAT to be hit by protest action starting Thursday

by: - May 24, 2017
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ST JOHN’S, Antigua, May 23 2017 (Caribbean News Service) – The Leeward Islands Airline Pilots Association (LIALPA) has placed its members on notice that pilots will embark on protest action starting Thursday.

“In the event that LIAT fails to pay pilot salaries by mid-night of May 24, 2017, the Executive Council will be executing a mandate received from the floor by directing protest action by all permanent pilots or full members of LIALPA,” Chairman Captain Carl Burke said in a memo issued to pilots today.

“This action would take the form of a sit-in at various airports and possible picketing on Thursday, May 25, 2017. Please note that this protest action may run over a 3-4 day period. Please be prepared for this,” the memo, a copy of which has been obtained by Caribbean News Service continued.

“All pilots are to report to work as normal, DO sign in to work, do not sign off on any flight documents, do not board any LIAT aircraft and take flight. You are to remain out of view from the travelling public until further instructed by a LIALPA Executive Council Member,” the Burke said in the momo.

He said the association would arrange refreshments and would be seeking to provide pilots with a comfortable resting area.

“These designated rest areas would be indicated to you in a subsequent email. Please note that these directives are not issued to pilots still on probation, who are not full members of LIALPA. Pilots on probation are to ignore these instructions and are encouraged to go to work as normal. Do not engage anyone in discussion of the action being taken by LIALPA.”

Only yesterday LIALPA issued a statement in which it said its relationship with LIAT’s management is currently strained and has deteriorated to an all-time low.