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(Antigua Observer) The Leeward Island Airline Pilots Association (LIALPA) has abandoned its threat to take industrial action following a high level meeting on Wednesday where an informal agreement was reached with the employer, LIAT.

The pilots had given LIAT’s management until midnight (Wednesday) to pay the pilots’ salaries or they would have staged protest action for several days, beginning today.

President of LIALPA Captian Carl Burke said an agreement, which addressed the concerns of the pilots, was made during the talks involving Labour Minister Steadroy “Cutie” Benjamin,  the association, LIAT’s management team, the representative of Antigua Barbuda Workers Union (ABWU) David Massiah, the airline’s lawyer Stacy Richards-Roach, and LIALPA’s lawyer Justin Simon QC.

“The informal agreement will go before the Industrial Court in Antigua, by way of a Consent Order on Monday. Both attorneys for LIAT and LIALPA will sign this agreement which would formalize what was discussed today,” Burke told OBSERVER media.

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