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Bajan pilot and union boss at heart of LIAT strike

Head of the Leeward Islands Airline Pilots' Association Captain Carl Burke, pictured here, was also suspended from duty after stepping in to fight the case of Barbadian pilot Neil Cave.

Head of the Leeward Islands Airline Pilots’ Association Captain Carl Burke, pictured here, was also suspended from duty after stepping in to fight the case of Barbadian pilot Neil Cave.

The suspensions of a Barbadian pilot and the head of the Leeward Islands Airline Pilots Associaiton (LIALPA) are at the centre of today’s crippling strike at LIAT.
Barbados TODAY has been reliably informed that the action against Captain Neil Cave and LIALPA boss Captain Carl Burke followed the grounding of an aircraft for technical repair on Saturday.
Cave, who was scheduled to fly the plane, was apparently not satisfied that the appropriate test procedure was used before bringing the aircraft back into operation.
He also reportedly highlighted discrepancies with the official paperwork and this led to his suspension the same day.
Cave reported the matter to LIALPA and Burke tried to intervene on his behalf during a meeting with Director of Flight Operations Captain George Arthurton, but he was also placed on suspension.
The pilots are now demanding the immediate retraction of both suspensions and a written apology from the airline.
Flights throughout the region, meantime, have been left stranded yet again.
Several flights, including some out of Barbados, have been cancelled.
LIAT says customers affected by the disruptions who want to re-book will be allowed to do so without charge for a period of one week from the date of their originally scheduled travel.
After that they will be required to pay applicable fare and change fees when re-booking. Passengers who are unable to travel as planned due to the work stoppage, will be issued a full credit for future travel at their request.
LIAT also advised that passengers who decide to travel but are unable to complete their journey due to the disruption, will not be provided with meals, transportation, hotel accommodation, etc. Passengers with onward connections are advised to contact their respective carriers.

3 Responses to Bajan pilot and union boss at heart of LIAT strike

  1. Robert Holloway
    Robert Holloway November 5, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    strikes do not hep anybody and only cause problems for the commerce of the Islands, need an arbitrator for sake of all

  2. Hubert Bailey November 6, 2013 at 9:00 pm

    Completely fed up with the management of LIAT. This national airline with one of the best records in the world, must get its act together, or just vanish from our region. The citizens of our region has become completely frustrated with its actions.

  3. Anita November 7, 2013 at 6:37 am

    Let me see if I got this right. A pilot complained about safety procedures not being followed and he gets suspended???? Can someone explain to me why the Chairman has not resigned? He clearly is unable to resolve the human resource issues between management and staff while overseeing some of the worse customer service passengers have ever had to endure while they pay exorbitant fares for air travel. Passengers deserve better than this . Where else in the world would he be allowed to stay in the job? It is time for renewal of more than the fleet, heads need to roll at the very highest level in this airline.


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