Talks with LIAT pilots stave off industrial action

by: Caribbean Media Corporation - May 25, 2017
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ST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC) — The management of the regional carrier LIAT says all fights will operate on Thursday as scheduled, as the threat of industrial action by pilots, has been averted.

On Wednesday, Attorney General Steadroy “Cutie” Benjamin called an emergency meeting with president of the Leeward Island Airline Pilots Association (LIAPPA) Captain Carl Burke, members of the airline’s management team and others.

The meeting was held as LIALPA had issued an ultimatum, which gave the management until midnight on Wednesday to pay outstanding salaries.

However, in a release late Wednesday LIAT said discussions were cordial and “the management and pilots have reached a mutually amicable decision on outstanding issues.”

At issue is the late payment of salaries by LIAT, which has been mired in a financial mess for decades, and with which the pilots have had a volatile relationship.