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Lovell pleased with air traffic controllers negotiations

Unread post by bimjim » Fri Feb 20, 2009

http://www.antiguasun.com/paper/?as=vie ... 9&ac=Local

Lovell pleased with air traffic controllers negotiations
Monday January 26 2009
by Andy Liburd

Minister of Tourism and Aviation Harold Lovell is in better spirits over the negotiations that have been taking place between the government and air traffic controllers.

It was reported last week that negotiations were over between the government and the Guild of Antigua and Barbuda Air Traffic Controllers, bringing to an end what clearly appeared to be stormy talks over a new contract for the airport workers.

The last word was that Minister of Tourism Harold Lovell was expected to sign off on a new contract last week, but speaking to the minister at a UPP rally Thursday night, he explained that this was not done but he however sees a clear road ahead in bringing the process to a complete finish.

“We have settled all outstanding matters, and it is a question now of finalising all the formalities,” he told the Antigua Sun.

“I met with the negotiating team (Wednesday) night in a social setting and everything is completed,” Lovell stated.

The minister, however, shied away from revealing details of what the government has agreed to following the presentation of a counter offer by GABATCO.

Equally, GABATCO has remained tight lipped about all that the government is now prepared to offer the air traffic controllers.

On last speaking to PRO of GABATCO Wesley Joseph, he told the SUN “We have concluded salary negotiations. What we had put to (the government) was agreed upon.”

The Guild has been caught up in controversy after accusations were leveled at it from some quarters that it introduced a flow control system to force the government’s hand in agreeing to a new contract with increased benefits for its members.

The guild has however held its ground that the flow control had nothing to do with the negotiations and was introduced solely because the increased traffic at the VC Bird International Airport demanded that they adopted a system to keep airline movement manageable.

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