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Air traffic controllers, Aviation Authority dispute heads to IDT

Published:Friday | January 29, 2016 | 5:58 PM
Director general of the Civil Aviation Authority, Nari Singh, told The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre that a meeting on Wednesday at the Labour Ministry ended in a stalemate.

The latest dispute over equipment failure between the Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority and the Jamaica Air Traffic Controllers Association is heading to the Industrial Disputes Tribunal. 

Director general of the Civil Aviation Authority, Nari Singh, told The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre that a meeting on Wednesday at the Labour Ministry ended in a stalemate.

He says the controllers, most of whom are stationed in Kingston, remain off the job. 

However, Singh says contingency plans continue to be implemented while the matter is being settled.

Singh is also seeking to assure the public that Jamaica's air space is being secured. 

 

Since Monday, air traffic controllers have been refusing to perform some duties due to concerns about equipment failure and the alleged malfunctioning of the radar system. 

Singh admits that there were problems with the radar system between January 22 and 25. 

However, he says the agency has taken steps to stabilise the situation. 

 

Director general of the Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority, Nari Singh

A US$15 million two-year programme to modernise the radar system started earlier this month. 

The Jamaica Air Traffic Controllers Association says the situation poses a threat to the safety of users of Jamaica's airspace and exposes air traffic controllers to liability for using faulty and unreliable equipment to provide air traffic service.

From last year, the air traffic controllers have been complaining about the state of equipment being used to manage Jamaica's air space.