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Air traffic controllers back on the job, but promise work to rule

Published:Monday | June 24, 2013 | 11:39 AM

Livern Barrett, Gleaner Writer

Jamaica's air traffic controllers are back on the job following a Supreme Court order, but the president of the association which represents them says they will be rigorously sticking to the tasks set out in their licenses.

Kurt Solomon, the president of the Jamaica Air Traffic Controllers' Association held a press conference this morning, two days after his members went on a sick out.

The controllers are demanding a salary increase.

This morning Solomon said the association will use other measures to highlight the plight of its members, like operating strictly within their licenses and desisting from performing outside their job functions.

At the same time, Solomon said the impasse with the Government over wage and other conditions of service could impact the safety of passengers using Jamaican airspace.

Demanding dialogue with the government on a new wage agreement, Solomon said air traffic controllers are at their wits end after years of holding strain to ensure the country's airspace is safe.

According to Solomon, the situation has caused stress levels to reach the point where it is unsafe for the flying public.

The weekend sick out by air traffic controllers forced the Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority to use managers to man critical positions.

Their action also resulted in the closure of the Sangster International Airports between 9 p.m Saturday and 6:30 a.m Sunday.


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