Trinidad: air traffic controllers on "sick out"

Air traffic controllers in Trinidad called in sick en-masse over the weekend due to the slow pace of negotiations for their first collective contract.

Submitted by Mike Harman on March 27, 2007

The mass sickie was called on Saturday, with very little information available.

The Airport Authority first said that things were running as normal, but later admitted to "high absenteeism" stating that this was not the first time it had happened.

The sick-out gained the attention of the Works Minister Colm Imbert, who said: "I have decided to intervene," said the Minister and, "I will instruct my permanent secretary to bring closure to wage negotiations as a matter of upmost priority". according to Trinidad News.