NWU denies LIAT workers protest

Saint Lucia’s National Workers Union (NWU) has denied that the LIAT workers it represents here have taken industrial action.

The denial comes amid reports  that the regional carrier is experiencing flight delays and cancellations  which management said are due to industrial unrest.

Th NWU represents some 20 LIAT workers in Saint Lucia.

A spokesperson for the union told the Times that the workers have not taken industrial action.

LIAT’s acting Chief Executive Officer Julie Reifer-Jones has been quoted by Barbados Today as saying in a statement that the carrier’s  current irregular operations may continue to occur over the next few days as the airline works towards resolving the issues.

She apologised to travellers for any disruption to their travel plans.

“We remain committed to working with our employees to resolve the issues impacting the delivery of our services to the Caribbean,” Reifer-Jones said.

Unions representing LIAT employees had earlier threatened to take action if LIAT goes ahead with plans to pay salaries late.

The unions have also 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.

LIAT’s shareholder governments are expected to meet in Barbados shortly in response to a letter from Reifer-Jones to the Chairman, Prime Minister Doctor Ralph Gonsalves of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, requesting urgent intervention.