Air Traffic Controllers Take Industrial Action, Defy Order to Get Back to Work

A Caribbean360 report informs on the evening of the 22nd May, an order was received by Minister of Labour Pearnel Charles from the Industrial Dispute Tribunal and was meant to prevent the workers from taking any further action within a 28-day period.

Because the strike continued into 23rd May, the workers were in disobedience of the order and according to Minister Charles, each worker would be served with the order individually.

The more than 100 air traffic controllers who took action from 22ND May, are protesting their exclusion from meetings related to the payment of an outstanding seven percent increase in pay for public sector workers, as well as statements by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) that they had been overpaid in previous years and owned government money.

The Jamaica Air Traffic Controllers Association (JATCA) had served notice, since Friday, that its members would start strike action and continue until their concerns were addressed.

Before the injunction was obtained, the CCA said management staff stepped in to assume the air traffic controllers’ duties.

However, there were still flight delays at both Sangster International and the Norman Manley International Airports as a result of the strike action.

(Parts of this article were written with content submitted in a Caribbean360 report)

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