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Jamaica airports to come under strain as air traffic controllers protest

Published:Sunday | June 23, 2013 | 12:18 PM

Operations at Jamaica's two main airports are expected to be affected as air traffic controllers reportedly went on strike Sunday.



Members of the Jamaica Air Traffic Controllers' Association (JATCA) are dissatisfied with salary negotiations, after failing to reach an agreement with their employers, the Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority (JCAA), two weeks ago.



They have called a press conference for the JCAA auditorium in St Andrew tomorrow to outline the issues and other industrial relations matters.



JATCA says it is also protesting against the 2013 Heads of Agreement, which has imposed a wage freeze on public sector workers. JATCA has described the agreement as inequitable and says that it has created severe stress for its members.



It adds that its protest has also been fueled by the lack of response from the JCAA to its demands to be present during negotiations. JATCA also says the poor state of equipment is of concern to its members, among other issues.



It is believed some strike action has already begun, but speaking with the Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre this morning, President of JATCA Kurt Solomon said no official protest action has yet taken place.



Our news team was unable to reach him or any other member of the JATCA executive for further comment up to news time.



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