LIAT shareholders to intervene in impasse

LIAT shareholders have agreed to intervene in a dispute between the regional airline and trade unions representing the airline employees.

The shareholder governments of the cash-strapped regional airline are expected to meet in Barbados next week, it has been has reported.

The scheduled meeting comes against the backdrop of a letter from the carrier’s Acting Chief Executive Officer, Julie Reifer-Jones,  to the Chairman of the shareholder governments, Prime Minister Doctor Ralph Gonsalves of St Vincent and the Grenadines, asking him to urgently intervene in the dispute.

Reifer-Jones confirmed the meeting, according to the Observer Media Group.

The unions representing LIAT employees have threatened to take action if the carrier goes ahead with plans to pay salaries late.

The unions have argued that in 2014 they participated in a salary deferral exercise which was projected for five months, but lasted 14 months, without any tangible results.

In Saint Lucia, the National Workers Union (NWU) represents some twenty LIAT employees.


  1. Vibz
    April 2, 2017 at 1:19 pm

    It’s puzzling to me that an airline which is in operation for so long and have very little competition is having perpetual financial woes. This carrier offers the WORST service, (mostly late, misplaces passengers’ luggage, cancels flights without adequate notice). The level of incompetence, discomfort and disappointment that LIAT’s passengers receive on a daily basis is intolerable. We need a replacement carrier .

    1. bill
      April 3, 2017 at 8:50 am

      this has occurred as a direct result of private business being owned by governments.

      800 or so jobs in Antigua have been given out to friends and relations of officials. few come to work, some pilots still not even qualified to fly the new planes.

      Caribbean cronyism must stop or we’re all doomed

      1. Vibz
        April 3, 2017 at 10:08 am

        @bill I concur that government has no business in this venture. This should be a private sector investment. You are correct. When Caribbean governments invest into the private sector, the business usually fails or has to be heavily subsidized by tax payers to survive. These government investments are bedeviled by poor management, nepotism, cronyism, and wanton spending. Many of LIAT’s shortcomings can be attributed to operations in Antigua as you so rightly point out.

  2. Real sad
    April 2, 2017 at 2:15 pm

    Bey boh list when will y’all stop all this row row and work on being on time?

  3. Anonymous
    April 2, 2017 at 5:06 pm

    A failing airline just like west indies cricket every thing in the Caribbean is bad news

  4. Ryan Nelson
    April 2, 2017 at 10:35 pm

    Stop the continual criticism of LIAT, they are trying and have improved their services better aircrafts, even at times on time departures and arrivals.and for the most part very good crew. Keep on working harder management and crew success will,do not become discouraged by the uncalled negative criticism of some.


    1. Anonymous
      April 3, 2017 at 2:27 pm

      Ryan Nelson, you must be Antiguan. Sooo blind. You must be a hater of Allen Chastenet too.

  5. Lucianman101
    April 2, 2017 at 11:05 pm

    We need a ferry system for travel between islands in the Eastern Caribbean cause liat is holding us hostage