Emergency meeting underway as LIAT pilots threaten to strike

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The minister of Labour Steadroy “Cutie” Benjamin has stepped in to try to stop LIAT pilots from going through with protest action amidst a row over pay.
LIAT Pilots gave the management until midnight to pay or else they will strike for several days, starting tomorrow.
The labour minister said he is meeting with the president of the Leeward Island Airline Pilots Association Captain Carl Burke, LIAT’s management team, Antigua Barbuda Workers Union representative David Massiah, and LIAT’s lawyer Stacy Richards-Roach.
LIALPA’s lawyer Justin Simon QC was also to attend but was not there at the time when OBSERVER media spoke with minister Benjamin this morning.
The minister said his colleague, Civil Aviation Minister Sir Robin Yearwood asked him to convene the meeting with the hope of preventing the pilots from striking.
Benjamin described LIAT as the bus that connects the region and added any disruption of flights will negatively impact hundreds of lives and businesses.
He promised an update after the meeting.

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