The National Workers Union (NWU) has joined other trade unions in reiterating opposition to a proposed salary deferral system for staff employed with Antigua-based carrier, LIAT.
The NWU represents some 21 LIAT employees in Saint Lucia.
The union is part of the Standing Regional Consultative Council of Trade Unions which articulated its position on the five-month deferral system during a meeting at LIAT’s headquarters on Tuesday.
Head of the group, General Secretary of the Antigua & Barbuda Workers Union (ABWU) David Massiah was quoted by Antigua Observer as saying that the position of the unions would remain unchanged until certain conditions are met.
Massiah said all the unions stand resolute behind the position which was laid out in a letter to the airline dated March 10.
He asserted that the regional group understands the full intention of the airline company and will not accept the deferral system.
The standing council first outlined its position to the airline in a letter dated March 10, to Acting Chief Executive Julie Reifer Jones.
The 11-member body said in the letter that they have adopted a position not to agree to any proposal until the company provides a recovery plan.
The group wants the plan to detail how LIAT will be able to return to a state of normalcy within the time frame indicated.
It also wants LIAT to present an overall business plan for the company; provide a comprehensive audit and hold a forum for unions, directors and shareholder governments to critically discuss the current state and engage in the creation of a plan for the way forward for the airline.
The unions have argued that in 2014 they participated in a salary deferral exercise which was projected for five months, but lasted for 14, without any tangible results.
The grouping said during that time staff at LIAT experienced severe financial and personal hardship.