LIAT puts forward new proposals

A LIAT plane that can be seen frequently at MBIA

Grenada runs the risk of having a cut in its schedule of weekly flights from LIAT, the regional island hopping carrier.

According to a well-placed source, the airline was expected to inform its employees in Grenada about possible repercussions for the island in the wake of demands by their representative, the Technical & Allied Workers Union to demand an estimated $EC5 million owed to the workers over the years.

Senator Chester Humphrey – involved in the negotiations on behalf of LIAT employees

A usually reliable source told THE NEW TODAY that the airline’s Chief Executive Officer was due in St. George’s Tuesday to meet with both the workers and the union to address their latest demands on the airline.

He said the CEO was expected to inform the workers that LIAT intended to make a one-off payment of EC$900, 000.00 to the workers and no other additional funds would be forthcoming.

He spoke of the new LIAT Chief Executive adopting a hardline approach in the negotiations with TAWU, considered as the most militant trade union on the island.

He dropped hints that the airline is thinking of cutting its staff in Grenada especially those who are responsible for handling the aircraft on the tarmac.

The source said that the LIAT management at the head office in Antigua is thinking of entering into a contract with Aviation Service of Grenada (ASG) to take over the handling of the aircraft when on the ground in Grenada.

“Things are getting pretty nasty. It will be interesting to see the reaction from Humphrey and the union to the new positions being put forward by LIAT”, he remarked.

TAWU and LIAT have been at loggerheads for some months now on an industrial impasse for its workers at the Maurice Bishop International Airport (MBIA).

The workers have been engaged in go-slow action for several weeks now to get LIAT to sit down with them around the negotiating table to resolve their differences.

The workers are demanding millions from LIAT over a miscalculation of the amounts owed to them on Extended hours payments.

The workers are claiming that they were short-changed by LIAT on the amount of payments due to them for working longer hours for the airline.

Recently, the workers rejected a request made by the management of the airline to suspend their industrial action pending the submission of new proposals for discussions.

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