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Air traffic controllers frustrated, cannot guarantee normalcy

Published:Thursday | September 5, 2013 | 12:49 PM

Jerome Reynolds, Staff Reporter

The Jamaica Air Traffic Controllers’ Association says it cannot guarantee normalcy in air travel as it is frustrated by the lack of progress in its wage negotiations with the government.

The association has rejected the government’s latest offer.

The association's President, Kurt Solomon, says members were left disappointed following a meeting with Ministry of Finance officials yesterday.

According to Solomon, the government has not acceded to any of the association’s proposals.

He says air traffic controllers are now even more demotivated and frustrated.

Solomon insists that air traffic controllers will not accept the terms of the Heads of Agreement the government has signed with trade unions.

Under the deal, wages and other benefits have been frozen in the public sector.

Solomon says air traffic controllers will have to act to press their case.

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

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


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