LIAT unions say no to late payment of salaries

The shareholders of the cash-strapped regional airline LIAT will meet in Barbados shortly, as a dispute between the airline’s management and trade unions escalates.

The unions have threatened to take action if LIAT goes ahead with plans to pay salaries late.

The unions have also argued that in 2014 they participated in a salary deferral exercise, which was projected for five months, but lasted 14 months, without any tangible results.

Acting Chief Executive Officer Julie Reifer-Jones said she sent a letter to the Chairman of the shareholder governments, Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves of St Vincent and the Grenadines, asking him to urgently intervene.

She confirmed to Antigua-based Observer Media Group that the shareholder governments have agreed to intervene in the dispute.

Reifer-Jones said the leaders have agreed to a meeting, which is to be held next week in Barbados.

12 Responses to LIAT unions say no to late payment of salaries

  1. Diane Elaine Dias
    Diane Elaine Dias April 2, 2017 at 11:02 am

    Do I hear an “……Or else ” coming on time for Easter holidays ?

  2. Barker Antony
    Barker Antony April 2, 2017 at 12:01 pm

    Look i got wuk to blasted do overseas i aint got time for bombaclattery

  3. Michael Turton
    Michael Turton April 2, 2017 at 12:17 pm

    We say no to late arrivals, departures and poor service.

  4. Milli Watt April 2, 2017 at 2:32 pm

    bout time de unions step up……Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves of St Vincent and the Grenadines got a billion dollar airport to pay for but not at my expense……I want muh @###&*% money. Want de unions to give dem hell

  5. Dennis Connell
    Dennis Connell April 2, 2017 at 3:25 pm

    Lets try paying Stuart…Gonsalves..or any other caribbean parliamentarian late and see if they will agree

    • Boyce Jr Angus
      Boyce Jr Angus April 3, 2017 at 3:37 am

      They don’t even wanna tale a 10%pay cut & expect persons that getting 60% less than them to get by on it & say nothing….. Smh

    • Dennis Connell
      Dennis Connell April 3, 2017 at 4:43 am

      Vagabonds all

  6. Michael Blair Blenman
    Michael Blair Blenman April 3, 2017 at 4:42 am

    number one problem , Liat has found itself dominated (RUN) by the territories that do not have money to run it …

  7. Terry Payne April 3, 2017 at 4:36 pm

    It is time to let market forces dictate the future of Liat.
    This business venture has had millions of dollars pump into it with the same results.

  8. Carl Moore April 3, 2017 at 6:05 pm

    This is a serious problem. How can I put my life in the hands of frustrated pilots who haven’t been paid for two months? Sorry to hear of what is happening to LIAT.

  9. F.A.Rudder April 4, 2017 at 2:58 pm

    This is a clear statement to the employees of L.I.A.T . Due to the global economic downturn many industries have had to stay in recess on major projects. I don’t know how many off you have ever been put out of work in the past but in this present; any port is better than facing the storm in the open seas. What will be potentially damaging is that the Aircraft Operators/Pilots will have lots to loose if the airline falters. Who will they work for I guess themselves! At this moment lots of pilots can’t find jobs unless they are specialized in specified typed aircraft. Pilots have to stay proficient by flying the assigned monthly hours and taking their check rating. So I would hope not; that the pilots association are not playing the leading role in this threat by its union! Area of concern is ; can an airline which has constant employee pay problems survive and that is basically on the measurement of its Safety!


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