Pilots give LIAT ultimatum

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LIAT ATR aircraft

The association representing LIAT pilots says 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 today, LIALPA says it agreed to the January 2017 salary package deal as “a one-off concession to ensure the survival of the Company.”

“To date LIAT has not honoured this agreement with the Association and has even gone so far as to reject our Attorney’s suggestion, that a Consent Order be obtained in the Industrial Court to formalise the salary agreement (which covers the years 2012-2017) thus paving the way for its implementation,” LIALPA said.

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.

The association says after years of stalling and legal manoeuvring by LIAT, including the Company filing legal action in both the High Court and Industrial Court, the Association in the spirit of fostering and maintaining a good relationship with LIAT accepted the Company’s salary package offer in January 2017.

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