Home > Dispute over Outsourcing Plans referred to Labour Department
ST. JOHN’S, Antigua, April 11, 2012 – The management of LIAT has indicated its support for efforts by the Ministry of Labour in Antigua and Barbuda to resolve an emerging dispute with the Antigua and Barbuda Workers Union (ABWU) over the outsourcing of its Cargo and Quikpak operations in Antigua.
Corporate Communications Manager Desmond Brown noted that the Company had willingly agreed to a request from the Ministry of Labour to meet with ABWU officials on Friday 13th April to discuss the matter.
He noted that this was a welcome development and should provide comfort to the airline’s passengers that the matter was receiving attention at the highest levels and ensure that there was no disruption to the company’s operations.
The Corporate Communications Manger also pointed out that contrary to some media reports, Caribbean Airport Services (CAS), the handling company expected to take over aspects of LIAT’s handling services for Cargo and Quikpak in Antigua, is an Antigua-based company.
Mr. Brown noted that CAS, which is majority-owned by LIAT, already provides ground handling services for LIAT and had been set up in 2002 with the purpose of providing outsourced ground handling and other airport services to airlines operating at the V.C. Bird International Airport in Antigua.
LIAT is one of the leading Caribbean airlines. It is owned by regional shareholders, with major shareholders being the Governments of Barbados, Antigua & Barbuda and St. Vincent & the Grenadines. More information about LIAT may be found at www.liat.com.
| Desmond L. Brown | Corporate Communications Manager | LIAT (1974) LTD | Head Office, Coolidge Business Complex | Sir George Walter Highway | Antigua | Telephone: +1 268 480 6222 | fax: +1 268 480 5638 | email: brownDes@liat.com