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Strike threat

LIAT’s pilots are threatening to take industrial action over the busy holiday period if the airline company fails to meet their demands by December 10.

A continued deferral of salaries, the recent dismissal of two pilots and other longstanding issues are among the main grievances the pilots are demanding to be addressed by the company.

They also want the implementation of a 2010 arbitration tribunal award and a new contract to fly the ATR aircraft being operated by LIAT.

The union representing the LIAT pilots – The Leeward Islands Airline Pilots Association (LIALPA) – placed an advertisement in today’s Daily OBSERVER, detailing their grievances.

LIALPA is also calling for an independent investigation into LIAT’s dismissal of two pilots for damaging an aircraft during the passage of Tropical Storm Gonzalo in October.

Pilots told OBSERVER media they are feeling abused and taken advantage of.

They say a letter with the demands was presented this week to the company and they are giving the LIAT management two weeks to address the issues. (Antigua Observer)

4 Responses to Strike threat

  1. Sheldon Cox
    Sheldon Cox November 29, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    I hope them compensate de travellers caused de tickets real expensive for 45 to a hour flights

  2. Cassandra Gittens
    Cassandra Gittens November 29, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    These people need to stop the madness now

  3. Jim Lynch November 30, 2014 at 11:40 am

    These LIAT employees have legitimate – and mostly long-standing – grievances with LIAT management.

    LIAT Board and management incompetence is not their fault, nor is the shareholders’ (read, Prime Ministers) tolerance for and acceptance of incompetence, stupidity, lack of appropriate qualifications – nor the insistence by those same shareholders in stuffing the Board with political appointees instead of those who know about aviation.

    LIAT management has carried the LIALPA employees through TWO – read it, TWO – ten-year negotiations of an annual contract, robbing them of the cost of living increases (in the Caribbean, approaching 8% per year) over some 20 years. That means POVERTY for highly qualified licenced professionals performing jobs at which they risk their lives on a daily basis.

    Let us be 100% clear here… the villains are not LIALPA but those who refuse to deal with the employees in an honest and straightforward manner.

    When was the last time YOU had to wait a month or more for YOUR salary?

  4. KB November 30, 2014 at 1:50 pm

    Sheldon, you along with the rest of the unlearned people that happen to make it past airport security by some miracle to get on a plane need to stop complaining about how expensive the tickets are and DO something about it with your governments. If you bother to look at the BREAKDOWN of what you are paying you would see that more often than NOT the TAXES are almost twice the fare. Who do you think imposes the taxes? The same governments that some of you praise. Did you even know to intransit through Barbados you have to pay a tax….JUST to land there. Not even if to be there for the night? You have to PAY to visit the United Kingdom of Barbados. Hopefully the money they get will go to making a far less hideous and user unfriendly airport. Besides…do you think your paltry 600 US can pay anything really needed to get an airplane going? First and foremost..the pilots have to be paid….ground staff…airport and landing taxes..navigation fees…fuel charges, the operational cost of an aircraft are no small issue sir. So how about you google SOMETHING and stop contributing to the foolishness?

    Cassandra I would hope by “these people” you are referring to LIAT management. If youre talking about the pilots I would HOPE you read Jim Lynch explanation. Or I might have to read YOU the riot act as well.

    YES I was a LIAT pilot….2 months ago to be exact. I left the airline BECAUSE of the same stuff the pilot body is standing up for. TOO MUCH IS ENOUGH and its time the nonsense stop and the governments DO SOMETHING. Makes me sick when people complain about what has to be done to get WHAT IS OURS…not asking for more…JUST WHAT WE SIGNED FOR. Im certain if YOUR salary was even a day late you would want heads to roll. Its nearly a YEAR now salaries late. And to what end? Just stop the nonsense….read…become aware of what is actually going on and stop adding to the hype. Caribbean people always seek to fight down their own. I bet if your son or daughter were flight crew and had to contribute to YOUR household but couldnt do so ontime…yuh woulda bex…same way.

    I aint fraid to say I was a LIAT pilot. And in my heart I will forever be NO MATTER WHO I fly for. Thats where I cut my teeth, and thats where I would have been HAPPY to stay if there werent IDIOTS running the place like it were a bar shop. GOOD DAY.


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