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Caribbean Air­lines investigates ‘poor’ staff NYC accommodation

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https://www.guardian.co.tt/news/cal-inv ... 5b935eaef7

CAL investigates ‘poor’ staff accommodation
Peter Christopher
Fri Feb 21 2020

Caribbean Air­lines will investigate claims that its staff is be­ing housed in un­suit­able con­di­tions in New York.

On Thurs­day, the Avi­a­tion Com­mu­ni­ca­tion and Al­lied Work­ers Union wrote to Caribbean Air­lines Chair­man Garvin Med­era ex­press­ing con­cerns over the air­line staff’s ac­com­mo­da­tion dur­ing lay­overs in New York City.

The union gave the air­line 48 hours to ad­dress the sit­u­a­tion, which they said left their staff ex­posed to low out­door con­di­tions and to en­dure dust and noise cre­at­ed by the on­go­ing con­struc­tion at the ho­tel. The union al­so claimed the air­line staff were the on­ly guests at the ho­tel.

In a re­lease to the me­dia, the union said the air­line did not at­tempt to move their flight crew from a named ho­tel “al­though it is be­ing ren­o­vat­ed.”

How­ev­er, in re­sponse, Caribbean Air­lines said man­age­ment has not re­ceived any of­fi­cial com­plaint from the crew re­lat­ed to the ho­tel in JFK or any­where else.

In their state­ment, the Air­line said “ACAWU is al­so not a rec­og­nized ma­jor­i­ty bar­gain­ing union at Caribbean Air­lines. How­ev­er, man­age­ment has not­ed the con­tents of the let­ter as the air­line takes se­ri­ous­ly its du­ty of care for all em­ploy­ees.”

They said the mat­ters raised re­gard­ing the ho­tel are be­ing in­ves­ti­gat­ed and a re­port is to be sub­mit­ted ear­ly next week.

They added, “Man­age­ment will al­so be com­mu­ni­cat­ing with the em­ploy­ees to ob­tain fur­ther feed­back, based on which, the next steps will be de­cid­ed.”

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Re: Caribbean Air­lines investigates ‘poor’ staff NYC accommodation

Unread post by bimjim » Sat Feb 22, 2020

Neat side-step around dealing with an employee problem there by management... don't call us, we'll call you (maybe)... not a recognised union, and nobody said anything (they all musta bin out shopping!!)

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https://newsday.co.tt/2020/02/23/caribb ... -concerns/

Caribbean Airlines investigating union's concerns
CLINT CHAN TACK
23 February, 2020

In a statement, the union said the management of the Holiday Inn hotel was approached since its first communication to CAL on the issue. The union claimed CAL was asked by the hotel to hold on until some date in March.

In a statement issued in response to the one from the union, CAL said it has not received an official complaint from any of its flight crews on New York rotations in relation to the hotel at the John F Kennedy international airport.

CAL said although the union is not a recognised bargaining body at the airline, its management has noted the concerns raised in it's letter. "The matters raised re: the hotel are to be investigated and a report is to be submitted early next week," CAL said.

The airline also said its management will be communicating with workers to get further feedback, based on which, the next steps will be decided."

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