LIAT holding talks with regional trade unions

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LIAT holding talks with regional trade unions

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http://www.nationnews.com/nationnews/ne ... ade-unions
https://caribbeannewsservice.com/now/li ... ry-freeze/
https://antiguaobserver.com/liat-holdin ... de-unions/
https://barbadostoday.bb/2018/10/30/wag ... employees/

LIAT holding talks with regional trade unions
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30 October 2018

ST JOHN’S

The cash-strapped regional airline, LIAT, is proposing a salary freeze for the next three years for its employees as well as agree on a proposal that future salary increases would be dependent on employee performance.

These proposals form the basis of discussions taking place here on Tuesday between the airline and regional trade union representatives as they discuss the future of the Antigua-based airline, whose major shareholders are the governments of Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica and St Vincent and the Grenadines.

Last week, the shareholders met in St Vincent to discuss the airline’s future amidst concerns that the travelling public must be better served and intra-regional travel encouraged.

St Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves, who is the chairman of the shareholder governments, said that a decision was taken to establish a technical committee, which presented a report regarding aviation in the Eastern Caribbean sub-region with an emphasis on LIAT.

“They have made certain recommendations as to possible options and at the last meeting of the shareholders, a few months ago, the principal shareholders accepted the recommendation of one of the options as possibly the most viable of them . . .

“That is to say an option other than an option for a private sector takeover which was not realistic in the circumstances and the second option, closing the airline and start a new one. It was felt that it had some challenges, particularly in a transitional period, possible and doable but difficult,” Gonsalves said.

LIAT’s chief executive officer, Julie Reifer-Jones, in a letter, said that Wednesday’s meeting was requested because only one trade union ad attended the shareholder’s meeting in Kingstown last week.

In her letter, she told the trade unions that if the airline is to remain sustainable it would require all stakeholders to support the changes.

She said the airline is not in a position to meet its ongoing obligations to employees and suppliers and that the current situation requires urgent attention.

She said the unions are being asked to consider several recommendations including the wage freeze for the years 2018-2020 and that future salary increases be based on employees performances and the profitability of the company.

There is also a proposal that the unions accept a revision of job descriptions in keeping with modern airline operations and the implementation of an appraisal system over the next six months.

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Re: LIAT holding talks with regional trade unions

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Seems to me this is a patch on a patch on a patch on a patch. In other Bajan words, "Is bidniss as nusual at LIAT. Agen."

As usual, the incompetence of the politicians, Board and management show up in HOW they intend to "fix" LIAT - by penalising the employees who actually do the work, which will inevitably lead to a drop in morale, which will inevitably lead to a drop in passenger numbers, which will lead to - you guessed it, the next financial crisis for LIAT.

Tell me Big Mia, are the executives taking a wage cut? Are the Board Members taking a cut in fees?

OF COURSE NOT. In Caribbean logic, THEY are the problem, therefore they should get a raise (after all, all them so is friends of the Prime Ministers). You can bet your last Bippy that if the sacrifice of the employees improves the bottom line, the execs will claim a Bonus and erase all of the gains faster than you can say "Gimmuh dat!". Can the Board Members be far behind? And the employees? Eh eh, who dat?

Once again, our "leaders" see the way forward as the same 100% amateurish way the Board Members run their haberdasheries, department stores and supermarkets. Cut staff, reduce salaries, and all will be well.

Except LIAT is a service industry. American Airlines may disagree, but passengers cannot be expected to serve themselves - load or unload baggage, check themselves in, fly the plane, nor complete the literally tons of paperwork behind the scenes required to run an airline in our part of the world, nor should they expected to do so, or to know precisely how much propwash to pour into the slipstream to get the pitot to turn 20 degrees so the ILS can see the NDB.

Hey, get ready to get home and stay home. It can't be long before there is a call for cash to cover the losses, Barbados says "Not a penny!!", Antigua says "Ah money whah?", and Comrade Fat Boy Ralph lights up another Fat Boy Toke to calm his dictatorship nerves.

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