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Dispute between air traffic controllers and Aviation Authority unresolved

Published:Thursday | July 11, 2013 | 9:25 AM

The Jamaica Air Traffic Controllers' Association (JATCA) says Tuesday’s meeting with their employers, the Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority (JCAA) ended without any resolution of outstanding matters.

However, JATCA president, Kurt Solomon told The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre that both parties exchanged useful information on issues that have been affecting the negotiations.

He said discussions also included the working conditions and the issue of fatigue affecting the performance of controllers.

Solomon said clarity still needs to be provided on several items submitted in a wage claim for the 2012-2014 contract period more than a year ago.

Solomon says a further meeting is to be held within the next two weeks.

JCAA director-general, Lieutenant Colonel Oscar Derby has said the demands by air traffic controllers are outside of the scope of the wage freeze agreement signed with the Government in March.

JATCA did not sign the agreement.

On June 23, the Ministry of Labour secured a 28 day injunction in the Supreme Court which barred air traffic controllers from further industrial action following a two day sick out.

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