LIAT pilots withdraw strike threat

Pilots employed by the regional airline, LIAT, have withdrawn a threat to take strike action following a high level meeting on Wednesday.

An official of Saint Lucia’s National Workers Union (NWU) which represents some twenty LIAT employees here  told the Times that the union welcomed the move.

Antigua Observer reported that the Leeward Island Airline Pilots Association (LIALPA) reached an informal agreement with LIAT’s management at Wednesday’s meeting.

The informal agreement is expected to go before the Industrial Court in Antigua by way of a Consent Order on Monday before being formally signed.

The pilots had given LIAT’s management until midnight on Wednesday to pay the pilots’ salaries or face industrial action beginning today.

At the centre of the controversy was the failure by LIAT to implement a new salary structure for its ATR-72 pilots; general salary increases; and the pilots’ objection to a salary deferral system, among other outstanding matters.