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LIAT pilots give management ultimatum to honour agreement

Unread post by bimjim » Wed May 24, 2017

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LIAT pilots give management June 1 ultimatum to honour agreement
May 24, 2017

ST JOHN’S, Antigua

According to a statement issued on Monday by the Leeward Islands Airline Pilots Association (LIALPA), its relationship with the airline is currently strained and has deteriorated to an all-time low and the pilots have given management a June 1 deadline to avoid further escalation.

Since late 2012, the Association said it has engaged LIAT in negotiations for a new salary structure for its ATR-72 aircraft (not covered under the current memorandum of agreement) and general salary increases.

After years of stalling and legal maneuvering by LIAT, including the airline filing legal action in both the High and Industrial Courts, the Association, in what it described as the spirit of fostering and maintaining a good relationship with the airline, accepted the company’s salary package offer in January 2017.

"We accepted this deal on the premise that the pilots would make this a one-off concession to ensure the survival of the company," LIALPA said.

However, according to LIALPA, to date LIAT has not honoured this agreement and has even gone so far as to reject its attorney’s suggestion, that a consent order be obtained in the Industrial Court to formalize the salary agreement (which covers the years 2012-2017), thus paving the way for its implementation.

"In light of the aforementioned, it is our view that LIAT continues to act in bad faith. This is also evident by the company’s insistence to unilaterally impose, yet another salary deferral program on the pilots, even though the Association has publicly objected and rejected this program. We also made our position very pellucid to the board of directors and shareholders at a widely-publicized meeting held in Barbados on April 4, 2017. Management also continues to ignore the fact that the Association has placed this matter before the Industrial Court for determination.

As a result of LIAT's actions and the volatility of this situation, LIALPA said it would like once again to make a final appeal to LIAT to honour its agreement with the pilots by June 1, 2017, in order to avoid any further escalation of the matter.

"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. We trust that LIAT would change its present course and respect the basic principles of industrial relations and collective bargaining," LIALPA concluded.

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