LIAT sick out taking its toll here

The ongoing sick out by LIAT’s pilots continues to affect passengers and to some extent events in Dominica.

President of the National Council on Women Josephine Dublin Prince says a workshop on Awareness and Capacity Building of Civil Society, about trade-related labour and gender issues which was expected to take place today has been postponed due to the cancellation of all LIAT flights yesterday.

On Wednesday, passengers to and from Dominica were told that all LIAT’s flight has been called off.

That’s after disgruntled pilots employed by the Antigua-based regional airline LIAT today reported sick for duty, grounding the operations of the airline.

The sick out action by the pilots, comes a day after the Chairman of the Leeward Islands Airline Pilots Association (LIALPA), Captain Michael Blackburn met with acting Chief Executive officer of the airline, Brian Challenger to discuss contentious issues of pay.

Meantime Corporate Communications Manager of Liat, Desmond Brown said that all of the 100 daily scheduled flights have been canceled.

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  1. Marie
    June 19, 2010

    I think cassandra needs to get a job with LIAT to see how valuable the airline is to the Caribbean or get phsyciatrical help to view things at a different perpective where Thunderhorse is coming from.

  2. Thunder Horse
    June 19, 2010

    The public will see how valuable LIAT is to Caribbean Travel, theses two days were an eye opening for the region. I will still fly on LIAT.

  3. June 18, 2010

    The Pilots are not holding the airline to ransom, management are. The Pilots did not just decide to take a few days off, they have been driven there over the last 13 years by an incompetent and instransigent management who really don't give a rat's backside about the employees.

    If you want the airline's operations to run smoothly, make sure management feels the pressure.

    The Pilots work according to a long-standing contract, and they do so professionally without complaint – once it is negotiated, it is accepted and they move on. It is LIAT's management are the ones who have accumulated so many issues and problems with the pilots that the only way to “get their attention” was to take “industrial action”.

    The last time the pilots caused problems they issues and problems were 10 years accumulated – let's hope there will be another 15 years before management can “manage” to accumulate so much ill-will and resentment that the Pilots feel the need to make a point again.

  4. sue-ling
    June 17, 2010

    LIAT- please pay the pilots..
    i just dont get it. liat's tickets are so 'high' and yet it workers are not paid well.
    please pay d people well. because they are doing a mighty fine job.
    leaving the island at any time- is not an easy task to fulfill.

    they may be late but its better they are late than they drop people in d ocean- if you get my drift.
    – to whom much is given- much is expected.
    a job well done deserves to be paid well.

  5. Tonyyayo2004
    June 17, 2010

    this work i say Agian was done by baylon and i think that people in dominica should have night landing and international airport by now.

  6. Frequent flyer
    June 17, 2010

    These pilots continue to hold an ailing airline and the flying public ransom ever so often. Some day soon, their actions will be the final nail in Liat's coffin and only then would rwe ealise how valuable LIAT is to the region.

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