Workers belonging to the island hopping regional carrier, LIAT, have once again left several passengers stranded at the Maurice Bishop International Airport (MBIA) following strike action.
The LIAT workers downed tools for the second consecutive year during the busy festive carnival season resulting in the forced cancellation of a number of flights, to and from the airport.
Word has been circulating in some quarters in the county within recent days that the workers were planning to engage in disruptive activities.
However on Tuesday, President General of the Technical and Allied Workers’ Union, Sen. Chester Humphrey advised of an escalation in industrial action against LIAT.
In a letter addressed to the carrier’s Director of Human Resources, Lilean Ramsay, Humphrey advised that — beginning at 02:00 p.m. on Tuesday, employees would not be handling flights into and out of the Maurice Bishop International Airport.
LIAT subsequently issued a press release stating that employees at MBIA took industrial action as of Tuesday.
The regional airline advised the public that as a result of the industrial action, a number of flights to and from Grenada were forced to be cancelled for Tuesday, August 14, 2012.
These were: LI 373 Barbados to Grenada, LI 338 Trinidad to Grenada, LI 373 will now operate from Barbados to Trinidad non-stop while LI 338 will operate from Trinidad to St. Vincent and then on to Barbados.
Additionally, the following flights for Wednesday August 15, 2012 were also cancelled: LI 704 Trinidad to Grenada, LI 771 Barbados to Grenada, LI 772 Trinidad to Grenada, LI 704 and LI 772 will operate from Trinidad to Barbados non-stop while LI 771 will operate from Antigua to Trinidad via St. Lucia and Barbados.
This latest strike action called by TAWU on LIAT workers resulted after talks between the company and the union over outstanding wages failed to reach a settlement.
TAWU has been protesting against LIAT’s failure to pay workers in excess of EC$5 Million in overtime and meal allowances dating back to 1983.