LIAT hit by industrial action

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(Barbados Today) Pilots at the cash-strapped regional airline LIAT have taken industrial action.

The company issued an advisory this morning in which it notified the travelling public of industrial action by the members of the Leeward Islands Airline Pilots Association (LIALPA).

“In the ongoing negotiations for higher wages, which includes the operation of the ATR aircraft, the pilots have taken action to refuse to fly the ATR 72 aircraft until an agreement is reached,” the airline said.

“As a consequence of this action we have not been able to operate flights scheduled with ATR 72 aircraft at this time,” the company added.

The company said these actions have already resulted in a number of delays to services and cancellations.

“LIAT apologises for these disruptions to our passengers and their plans and wishes to reiterate its commitment to work with LIALPA to resolve any issues,” Chief Executive Officer Julie Riefer-Jones said.

LIAT and LIALPA have been at odds for several months now over the issue of an increase to pilots to fly the ATR 72 aircraft.

LIALPA had threatened to stage sit-ins and picketing at various airports late last month but industrial action was averted when Attorney General of Antigua and Barbuda Steadroy Benjmain intervened.

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