Pilots reject LIAT’s proposal during tense negotiations as disruptions continue

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LIAT ATR aircraft

PRESS RELEASE

The Management of LIAT held discussions with representatives of Leeward Islands Airline Pilots Association (LIALPA), earlier today, at its Antigua headquarters to find a resolution for the current industrial impasse.

During the meeting, a proposal was tabled by the Management which would see the pilots receiving salary increases with respect to the ATR 72 coming into effect from July 19 2017.

The payment of the retroactive ATR pay adjustment for July 2013 to 2017 would be paid in three installments by October 2017.

The settlement of other retroactive pay would be paid in six installments commencing the pilots pay period in December 2017.

This more than reasonable offer submitted by the company took into consideration the company’s obligations to other employee groups as well as suppliers. Regrettably this proposal to LIALPA has been rejected.

LIAT recognises air transportation to be essential to the economies of the Caribbean and the activities of its people.

The Management, in an effort to ensure continuance of this service to the region, is again calling for LIAT to be designated as an Essential Service in Antigua and Barbuda.

LIAT continues and strives to maintain the critical connections throughout the Caribbean and sincerely apologises to its valued customers for these disruptions caused by ongoing industrial action. We will continue to keep you informed of developments over the next few days.

LATEST FLIGHT DISRUPTIONS

Passengers who have been affected will be allowed to rebook with the next two weeks with all change fees waived. We strongly advise our passengers to contact LIAT’s Call Centre for rebooking or advice on travel.

Reservations 1-888-844-LIAT (5428) Toll Free from destinations within the Caribbean Region Call Antigua 1-268-480-5601/2 from Other Countries 1-246 434 5428 from Barbados Please note that the following flights have been cancelled for Thursday 8th June 2017:

LI 527 from Tortola and St. Kitts LI 392 from Guyana to Barbados

LI 512 from Antigua and St. Kitts LI 335 from Barbados to Trinidad

LI 336 from Trinidad to Barbados Passengers are also advised to expect delays on the services which will operate.

LIAT sincerely apologises for these disruptions and will keep you informed of all developments. A further advisory will be given at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday 8th June

 

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