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Air traffic controllers threaten further strike action

Kurt Solomon, President of JATCA
 
Air traffic controllers are not ruling out more protest action – this time regarding outstanding salary issues.
 
The Jamaica Air Traffic Controllers Association (JATCA) is pushing for a new wage deal and job reclassification for its members.
 
JATCA President Kurt Solomon has taken issue with the government's handling of the reclassification.
 
He says the arrogance being displayed by the Ministry of Finance to queries is making matters worse. 
 
"They don't entertain being questioned," he argued, noting that it appeared the ministry was simply saying "we are going to give you something and you have to take it."
 
Mr. Solomon has not ruled out further strike action, saying it is "something that we are contemplating". 
 
He explained that Thursday's strike was not about the reclassification exercise but solely regarding equipment issues. 
 
The air traffic controllers had stayed off the job for several hours on Thursday to protest the delay in repairing the radar system which is used to man the country's airspace.
 
"I mean it coincided with all the uproar in the public service about compensation. But when we saw the types of issues that we are having with our equipment infrastructure, that took priority," he told the Morning Agenda on Power 106.
 


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