The skies over Jamaica could be in a precarious situation this afternoon as the majority of Air Traffic Controllers who were to report on the 11 o’clock shift Friday night called in sick.
The reason for the sick out is not yet clear.
The parties to the dispute, the Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority and the Jamaica Air Traffic Controllers Association, have been called to an emergency conciliatory meeting at the Ministry of Labour which should now be in progress.
Labour Minister, Pearnel Charles Jr., says the meeting is being held at the Head Office of the Ministry of Labour and Social Security at 1F North Street in Kingston.
Pearnel Charles Jr., Labour Minister.
The Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority had written to the ministry early Saturday morning to advise that the majority of Air Traffic Controllers had called in sick Friday night.
Meanwhile, in a release issued late Friday night, the Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority says it had implemented contingency measures to allow for the continued delivery of air traffic services within Jamaica’s airspace.
It says however that it had to temporarily suspend service between last night and this morning and that three flights were affected.