A technical committee is assigned to make recommendations on LIAT issues

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The St Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonzalves says he is awaiting a report from a technical task force to decide how LIAT moves forward with issues affecting pilots.
Gonzalves tells OBSERVER Media that a technical committee was set up to find ways to address all the issues affecting LIAT employees.

He says the report, which is expected to be handed to LIAT shareholders in August, will make recommendations on the best way to iron out several matters.

Dr Gonzalves is also commending the pilots for abandoning their decision to protest last week.

The Leeward Island Airline Pilots Association (LIALPA) had threatened to stage sit-ins at various airports across the region if its members did not receive their salaries by midnight on May 24.
All pilots, with the exception of those on probation, were asked to participate in the protest.
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.
LIALPA had argued that it entered into talks with LIAT since 2012 for the new ATR-72 salary scale and the company, since January 2017, had remained defiant and had evaded the agreement.

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