LIAT cancels flights as industrial action continues

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ST GEORGE’S, Grenada, CMC – The Antigua-based regional airline, LIAT, Wednesday said it had been forced to cancel a number of flights in and out of Grenada as the industrial action by its employees there entered its third day.

In a statement, LIAT said that “its employees in Grenada are continuing industrial action in the form of a “go slow” which is negatively impacting the airline’s services to and from the Maurice Bishop International Airport (MBIA) and the rest of the LIAT network”.

It said as a result, at least four flights to and from the island had been cancelled and that two late evening flights will operate into Grenada as schedule.

“Customers affected by the disruptions who wish to rebook for a later date will be allowed to do so without charge for a period of one week from the date of their scheduled travel,” LIAT said, adding that following the one week “grace” applicable fees and charges will be included for all flight changes.

The Technical and Allied Workers Union (TAWU), which is representing the workers, has already warned that the workers were prepared to escalate their industrial action if LIAT fails to outline a payment schedule by Thursday.

TAWU has not disclosed how much money is owed to the workers, but the matter dates back to 1983.

Union officials Wednesday confirmed that they had not been in discussions with LIAT since the industrial action began on Monday.

The Grenada workers have received backing from LIAT’s pilots, who themselves have warned of planned industrial action, should the airline fail to deal with a similar situation.

“I have made it clear and I have pointed it out to them that Carnival (in Antigua) is upon us  and that they should give this matter serious consideration,” said President of the Leeward Islands’ Airline Pilots Association (LIAPA) Michael Blackburn.

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