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Air traffic controllers say they are running out of patience

Published:Monday | August 5, 2013 | 2:22 PM

Jerome Reynolds, Staff Reporter

There is renewed disquiet among air traffic controllers who say they are frustrated by their protracted wage negotiation.

Kurt Solomon, the president of the Air Traffic Controllers' Association, says his members are increasingly anxious to get word on a wage offer.

More than three weeks ago the Association and the Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority resumed wage talks after months of disagreement.

However, Solomon says the situation has not changed since then.

He says the Association now believes the Ministry of Finance needs to step in.

Solomon says the Association wants technocrats at the finance ministry to outline the provisions that can be made for controllers under the current Heads of Agreement on wage restraint.

He says air traffic controllers are running out of patience.

He stresses that air traffic controllers will not accept the heads of agreement, signed with other trade unions, being imposed on his members.

In June, the Ministry of Labour was forced to go to the Supreme Court to get an injunction barring air traffic controllers from further industrial action.

The court action came after two days of a sick out by the air traffic controllers.


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