||Last Updated: Apr 14, 2017 - 2:12:16 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - This morning the Bahamas Air Traffic Controllers Union engaged in an apparent industrial action with a number of air traffic controllers calling in sick. The Bahamas Air Navigation Service Division (BANSD) put in place a contingency plan incorporating air traffic controllers who reported for duty along with online managers which permitted operations to continue. This industrial action, however, significantly slowed down the movement of aircraft during what is normally a very busy period before the Easter holidays.
This action taken by surprise, relates, according to the President, to a number of outstanding matters which are the current subject of discussion with the Ministries of Transport and Labour ranging from the frequency of the shuttle service from the security checkpoint to the Tower to the payment of outstanding holiday pay and other money matters. Indeed the Minister of Labour is currently in ongoing dialogue with the Union relative to some of these matters.
As a result of the action taken many international and domestic flights suffered significant delay with American Airlines cancelling 3 of its flights, I am advised. The action taken by the Union is of an extreme nature in its impact to the Bahamian people and our economy.It has led to economic loss, gross inconvenience and an unwarranted interference with the right to the enjoyment of movement by air. All of this has no doubt impacted the reputation of The Bahamas in the travel industry, the foundation of our economy.
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