Air traffic controllers frustrated over wage negotiation delay
The Jamaica Air Traffic Controllers' Association says its members are frustrated over the delay in wage negotiations and are considering their options to press for a better offer.
Association President, Kurt Solomon, says air traffic controllers feel they are being ignored and that no urgency is being given to the wage negotiation by their employer, the Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority.
According to Solomon, the association has submitted a claim asking for a 30 per cent wage increase, adjustments in allowances and general improvement in work conditions.
He says the claim has been rejected and the authority’s management has made a counter offer.
But Solomon says the counter offer is inadequate as it does not address the needs of air traffic controllers.
He says no clear time frame has been provided for wage negotiations and this has created tension among air traffic controllers.
He says the association is prepared to pursue avenues which will get the authority to move the wage negotiations forward.
The Air Traffic Controllers' Association will be holding a press conference tomorrow morning to outline possible actions, issues affecting the aviation sector and how they can be addressed.