KINGSTON — The Government may seek the intervention of its main arbitration body, the Industrial Disputes Tribunal (IDT), to settle the dispute between the air traffic controllers and the Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority (JCAA).
This was disclosed by Minister with responsibility for Information, Telecommunications and Special Projects, Hon. Daryl Vaz during a recent post-Cabinet press briefing at Jamaica House.
“In relation to the air traffic controllers, I understand that a meeting took place (Tuesday, May 31) and there was no resolve to those matters that were raised and therefore that is a matter that, if not resolved, will have to be referred to the Industrial Disputes Tribunal at the Ministry of Labour (and Social Security),” he said.
The air traffic controllers, who are seeking improved wages, among other things, took industrial action last week, which caused some airport delays.
In the meantime, Minister Vaz said that wage negotiations are still ongoing with the unions representing public sector workers.
“As I indicated last week, there was a meeting with the Ministry of Finance (and the Public Service) and my understanding is that there is to be another meeting between the Ministry and the unions in relation to the protracted negotiations,” he said.
The ongoing negotiations centre on a seven per cent wage increase for government workers and retroactive payments.
Minister Vaz informed that an update on the talks will be provided by the Labour Minister, Hon. Pearnel Charles and State Minister for Finance, Senator Arthur Williams, who are the lead government negotiators on the matter.
By CHRIS PATTERSON, JIS Reporter