(Barbados Today) The Leeward Islands Airline Pilots Association (LIALPA) has expressed its disappointment at the failure of regional governments to discuss the issue of severance payment owed to former employees of the cash-strapped regional airline, LIAT.
Last Tuesday, the prime ministers of Grenada, Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, St Vincent and the Grenadines and a representative from Barbados met virtually to discuss whether to revamp LIAT (1974) Ltd or create a new airline. The issue of severance was not on the table for discussion.
“We find it disgraceful that discussions on a new entity could be addressed with such urgency, while over 600 former employees who continue to face harsh economic conditions have not been given equal attention or any attention at all,” LIALPA said in a statement.
Last week, the newly-elected Grenada Prime Minister, Dickon Mitchell, said the meeting had discussed air transportation in the Caribbean amidst concerns that both regional and international travellers are finding it very expensive and difficult to commute.