Document Leaked Reveals LIAT Pilots Have Requested Intervention from Labour Commissioner
The Leeward Islands Airline Pilots Association (LIALPA) in a letter dated 17 May 2017 requested the Labour Commissioner of Antigua Eltonia Rojas to intervene in the deteriorating relationship with its employer LIAT (1974). The letter signed by President of LIALPA Carl Burke outlines 17 matters grouped under Health, Safety and other Industrial matters.
The contents of the letter is instructive because in the last 24 hours the CEO of LIAT (1974) Julie Reifer-Jones communicated to the media that she was unaware of an ultimatum of 1 June 2017 agreed with LIALPA in January 2017 to give effect to a wages agreement. It is regrettable that LIAT (1974) has been unable to fashion a constructive relationship with its key stakeholder LIALPA in the interest of the traveling public. It should be an embarrassment to the Shareholder governments and Board of Directors the slave like conditions our pilots have had to endure.
The inability of shareholder governments- Barbados is the largest shareholder- is equally of concern because taxpayers are left to finance an entity that is clearly being mismanaged. Is it too much to request of our government that a resolution to the LIAT matter is a matter of national and regional importance?