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Pilots’ union refutes notion that former workers are to blame for LIAT’s failure


(Antigua Observer) Former LIAT pilots are once again making an impassioned plea for regional leaders to not only “bring an end to the suffering” of the workers awaiting severance, but to also desist from blaming them for the carrier’s failure.

The call comes after recent comments by Prime Minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines, Dr Ralph Gonsalves, who conceded that the company had management issues, but noted that strikes by employees also cost the carrier to lose millions of dollars.

However, former LIAT pilot Ewing Dorsett Jr, an executive member of the Leeward Islands Airline Pilots Association (LIALPA)has rejected the claim.

“Every time that LIAT comes up and the failure of LIAT comes up, the narrative is the loss of revenue due to strike actions by employees over and over and over again,” he said.

“There is no mention to mismanagement of the company [by] the persons responsible to the company. You cannot tell me that a strike action every blue moon is causing the collapse of a company when there are many other issues that are endemic to the airline, the management of the airline, the structure of the airline that is causing the loss of revenues … much, much more than a strike action for one day.”

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