LIAT says no public war of words with pilots

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The Management of LIAT moments ago responded to a ten-day ultimatum given by the Leeward Islands Airline Pilot Association (LIALPA), by saying “it will not discuss such matters in the press.”

Despite that pronouncement, the company said it “refutes the statement that its Management has acted in bad faith.”

“LIAT continues to commit itself to open dialogue with its employees and their union representatives and for continued discussion to achieve a mutually agreeable outcome for all parties,” LIAT said in a statement.

“LIAT also continues to assure its passengers that it is committed to ensuring smooth operations for our customers across the region,” it added.

LIALPA said today its relationship with the airline is at an “all time low” and has given the company a deadline to honour a five-month-old wage agreement.

In a statement, LIALPA said it agreed to the January 2017 salary package deal as “a one-off concession to ensure the survival of the Company.”.

The pilots’ association is of the view that “LIAT continues to act in bad faith.”

It is making “a final appeal to LIAT to honour it’s agreement with the pilots by June 01, 2017, in order to avoid any further escalation of this matter.”

LIALPA warned that “failure to do so would leave the Association with no other choice but to act, so as to protect the interest and rights of its membership.”

The pilots have already rejected the company’s request to impose, yet another salary deferral program on them.

In late 2012, LIALPA engaged LIAT in negotiations for a new salary structure for its ATR-72 aircraft (not covered under the current MOA) and general salary increases.

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