ST. JOHN’S, Antigua, Monday March 4, 2013 – The Antigua-based regional airline, LIAT, Monday announced it had been forced to suspend flights to St. Lucia where public servants have taken industrial action to force the government to increase their salaries and wages.
A brief statement from the cash-strapped airline did not say how many flights were being suspended but said that the suspension was due to the absence of fire services at the George F. Charles Airport on the outskirts of the capital.
“LIAT wishes to apologise for any inconvenience caused,” the statement added.
Last Wednesday, Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony said that the country could only afford a four per cent wage hike for the 2010-2012 triennium while the Trade Union Federation (TUF)is sticking to its demand for a 9.5 per cent increase or six per cent with stipulated conditions.
On Monday, the St. Lucia Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture (CCIA) called for an end to the industrial action that has crippled the public service and schools for a second consecutive week.