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[Jamaica] Controllers seeking legal advice on IDT ruling

Unread post by bimjim » Tue Feb 02, 2016

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[Jamaica] Air traffic controllers seeking legal advice on IDT ruling
February 2, 2016


The Jamaica Air Traffic Controllers Association (JATCA) says it is seeking legal advice following the ruling by the Industrial Disputes Tribunal (IDT) that resulted in its members returning to work last weekend.

Air traffic controllers had been refusing to carry out certain duties due to what they claim is malfunctioning equipment at the Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority.

But the Industrial Disputes Tribunal (IDT) order was given on Friday, following a meeting with representatives of JATCA.

In a statement Monday the JATCA said it adhered to the IDT order because of the legal implications of doing otherwise.

“Out of deference to the authority of the IDT and given the legal implications of defying the Order, air traffic controllers have been forced to resume the provision of air traffic service using faulty equipment, thereby continuing to expose the travelling public to increased risks of unsafe situations. The JATCA intends to explore its legal options regarding this matter.”

The JATCA said further “our members are fully aware that there is a planned modernization programme to be undertaken at the JCAA with the procurement of new air navigations equipment, and we enthusiastically support any process which promises to enhance the development of our industry”.

But it noted that “this planned modernization process however, due to its complexity, will not provide air traffic controllers with new equipment with which to conduct their jobs for at least another 2 – 3 years.

“This means our members will be forced to continue to attempt to ensure public safety using the existing equipment in its current state, fraught with malfunctions and continued degradation.”

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