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Disgruntled air traffic controllers to meet with Labour Ministry today

Published:Wednesday | January 27, 2016 | 12:35 PM

A meeting is expected to be held this afternoon between disgruntled air traffic controllers and officials of the Ministry of Labour to discuss concerns which have caused the workers to scale back on their duties.

The meeting has been tentatively set for 2 o’clock.

Since Monday, air traffic controllers have been refusing to perform some duties due to concerns about equipment failure.

Association president Kurt Solomon says his members are uncomfortable using the radar systems as they frequently malfunction.

Solomon further says radio communications equipment have also been affected by challenges.

He says this situation poses a threat to the safety of users of Jamaica's airspace and expose air traffic controllers to liability for using faulty and unreliable equipment to provide air traffic service.

Solomon says air traffic controllers want concrete solutions on the way forward following today’s meeting.


Kurt Solomon, President of the Jamaica Air Traffic Controllers Association