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LIAT suspends flights to St Lucia
Published on March 5, 2013 Email To Friend    Print Version

By Caribbean News Now contributor

CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Regional airline LIAT said on Monday that it had been forced to suspend flights to St Lucia, where public servants are currently taking industrial action in a bid to force the government to increase salaries and wages over and above what has been offered.

A statement from the airline said that the suspension was due to the absence of fire services at the George F. Charles Airport in St Lucia but did not indicate which flights were affected.

“LIAT wishes to apologise for any inconvenience caused,” the statement said.

In an address to the nation on Wednesday night, St Lucia Prime Minister Dr Kenny Anthony rejected demands by the Trade Union Federation for pay increases greater than the 4 percent increase in wages already offered by the government, coupled with agreed allowances

Public sector unions have demanded that the government pay salary increases, initially of 16 percent, then 12 percent, later 9.5 percent and now 6 percent with stipulated conditions.
 
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