Liat pilots to be begin protest action by Thursday

Members of  (LIALPA) The Leeward Islands Airline Pilots Association has been placed on notice, of protest action starting Thursday 24th May 2017 by pilots.

According to a memo obtained by News784, LIALPA says “ The Executive Council along with Legal Counsel have reached a point where we are of the belief that we have exhausted all methods to persuade LIAT to abide by basic principles of Industrial Relations and Collective Bargaining”.

The association further stated in that memo; “The Company, since January 2017 remains defiant and has used all reason to evade paying the recently agreed salary/ATR 72 weight compensation package”.

 “The Company has also refused to acknowledge and accept that the Association has objected and indeed rejected its proposal to implement a salary deferral program”.


 “ if LIAT fails to pay pilot salaries by midnight of May 24, 2017, the Executive Council will be executing a mandate received from the floor by directing protest action by all permanent pilots or full members of LIALPA,” Chairman Captain Carl Burke said in a memo issued to pilots today”.

“This action would take the form of a sit-in at various airports and possible picketing on Thursday, May 25, 2017. Please note that this protest action may run over a 3-4 day period. Please be prepared for this,” the memo, a copy of which has been obtained by news784 continued.

“All pilots are to report to work as normal, DO sign into work, do not sign off on any flight documents, do not board any LIAT aircraft and take flight. You are to remain out of view from the travelling public until further instructed by a LIALPA Executive Council Member,” Burke said in the memo.

The memo obtained went on to state; “ Please note that these directives are not issued to pilots still on probation, who are not full members of LIALPA, Pilots on probation are to ignore these instructions and are encouraged to go to work as normal.  Do not engage anyone in a discussion of the action being taken by LIALPA.”

“ it is paramount that we resist all attempts by LIAT to delay salary payments and also to ensure that the Company honours and respects its agreements made with the Association”. The memo noted

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