Air services

Opposition calls for urgent meeting to restore air services | News

Opposition transport spokesman Mikael Phillips is calling on the government to immediately call a conciliation meeting with the air traffic controllers who have taken industrial action.

Phillips says the government must act to ensure a quick return to normality, as flights for tourists and Jamaicans are already impacted, leaving people stranded in airports and hotels in Jamaica and around the world.

He argues that the industrial action and the resulting disruption to Jamaican air services could have been avoided had the government acted on several warnings over the past week and taken the necessary action.

“Therefore, the Ministries of Finance and Transport must take full responsibility for the closure of the island’s airspace and the massive economic and security fallout that will inevitably occur,” Phillips said in a statement.

The opposition spokesman said there had been loud rumblings and there was plenty of time to hear and address the issues that air traffic controllers were concerned about.

He said that as the government pushes ahead with its pay reforms, it is becoming increasingly clear that at all levels of the public sector, workers have either not been sufficiently consulted or are simply being left behind. in ignorance.

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