$71k salary for CAL manager with no aviation experience

(LOOP TT) – Questions have been raised over hiring procedures at Caribbean Airlines (CAL) after it was revealed that the General Manager of Cargo at the State enterprise earns a monthly salary of $71,000.

The manager, however, has no experience in the airline industry.

The shocking revelation was made on Monday during a Joint Select Committee on State Enterprises inquiring into the management and operations of CAL.

JSC Chairman on State Enterprises Dr. David Small expressed concern over the matter as he noted that the individual is earning more than the Prime Minister.

“We have someone who is in charge of cargo on paper here earning $71, 000 a month, has no airline experience, has no aviation experience, no cargo experience, last experience noted for us here has to do something with catering,” the JSC Chairman noted.

Small recommended that the contract be terminated immediately.

“So were are trying to explain the link with between someone who has been involved in catering, some type of business around food management, being the general manager of cargo of an airline. The link for us doesn’t exist. It stands out as something that should not have happened,” Small added.

Meanwhile, committee member Wade Mark also raised questions regarding the recruitment of some eleven persons to senior management positions at CAL.

A considerable number of those persons, he claimed came from Digicel.

Among them were five software engineers.

CAL CEO Garvin Medera, who previously worked at Digicel was asked how many of those recruited he personally knew before leaving Digicel.

“With the recruitment process, I recruited three persons at the senior management level who I knew from Digicel prior to joining CAL. The rest of the recruitment took place with the general HR team and managers within the IT function,” Medera revealed.

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