After lengthy meetings on Monday at the Ministry of Labour with Chief Labour Officer Vincent Burnett and Minister of Labour, Dr. Esther Byer Suckoo, the parties are set to meet again later this week to continue thrashing out the issue.
“We have agreed this matter bears further consideration and that there is scope for us to re-examine and continue discussions,” said Dr. Byer Suckoo. “We are going to come back to the table to continue discussions.”
Union officials have been adamant that a previously negotiated 3.5 per cent salary increase is owed to GAIA employees since 2011, but airport management’s position is that this increase was taken off the table a few years ago.
These recent negotiations with the Ministry of Labour are an attempt to stave off further industrial action, with the GAIA workers already staging a three-hour protest at the airport at the end of January.