LIALPA accuses LIAT of failing to implement tribunal awards
Monday, December 1st, 2014
The Leeward Islands Airline Pilots Association (LIALPA) would like to inform the travelling public of the deteriorating relationship between the Association and LIAT (1974) Ltd.
Since the arbitration tribunal award in mid-2010, LIALPA has made very little progress having some of the tribunal awards implemented in full by LIAT.
LIAT’s Board and Management have been unwilling to settle many of the issues that are perceived by the Association’s members as detrimental to their careers and retirement.
These include but are not limited to:
- • The mutual implementation of the Arbitration Award.
• Refusal to roster meal breaks in devising the schedule as per Arbitration Award.
• Outstanding settlement of the terms and working conditions of the heavier ATR- 72 not covered under the current Memorandum. This aircraft has been flown by pilots for almost two years without an agreement.
• The continued defiance of a Court Order with regards to the Provident Fund.
• The continued unauthorized diversion of Provident Fund contributions from the pilots’ salaries into an unauthorized escrow account for an alleged pension plan which is not in the pilots’ collective agreement.
• The Company is unable to account for approximately $13M EC deposited in CLICO
• The continual deferral of salaries.
• Recent harsh and ugly dismissal of two pilots despite the Association’s call for an independent investigation into the matter.
The Association would like to highlight fact that previous cases of disciplinary action were handled differently. The Company blatantly ignored the Association’s legal counsel’s request for several reports and the request for more time to complete and submit summations before the termination of employment of the 2 pilots.
The Association has given LIAT a reasonable time frame within which to return to us in good faith to address these important issues. We are very mindful of our commitment and social contract with the travelling public.
However, if LIAT persists in ignoring the deferral of salaries, the ATR-72 working conditions, the continued diversion of financial contributions from the provident fund to an unauthorized escrow account and the mutual implementation of the arbitration award, this will result in an industrial confrontation with LIALPA and full responsibility must rest with the Company.
LIALPA deeply regrets any resulting inconvenience and will endeavour to do all we can to keep you informed as we try to resolve these issues with LIAT.