BITU wins bargaining rights for Fly Jamaica's cabin crews

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

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THE Bustamante Industrial Trade Union (BITU) has won bargaining rights on behalf of the cabin crew of Fly Jamaica Airline.

The airline's flight crew, comprising cabin and senior cabin crew, voted solidly for the BITU, in a poll which lasted over four days at Jamaica Airways Limited, Holborn Road, New Kingston.

Results of the poll, released by the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, showed that of the names on the voters' list, 84 per cent of those employees participated, of which majority voted in favour of the union.

"The workers have shown that they have the confidence in being represented by an experienced union which does not intend to harm the airline, but to defend the rights of the workers and engendering higher levels of proficiency and efficiency," said Rudolph Thomas, assistant general secretary of the BITU.

"We expect that the company has also been informed formally by the Ministry of Labour and Social Security of the results, thereafter we will communicate with them as to the way forward," said Rudolph Thomas, assistant general secretary of the BITU.

The union said it would be meeting shortly with the entire bargaining unit to discuss the benefits of unionisation and to hear their challenges and select delegates. The union said it would also be working with the staff to compile a list of salary, fringe benefits and conditions of employment claims, which will be served on the management of the airline.

Fly Jamaica Airways, which is based at the Norman Manley International Airport, is the newest Jamaican airline. It was certified by the Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority in September 2012, and was cleared to operate in the United States by US authorities in December. Its inaugural flight from Kingston to New York's John F Kennedy International Airport in the United States was made on 14 February, 2013.

The BITU currently represents the flight crew of Caribbean Airlines Limited and has a history of representation in the airline industry as far back as Air Jamaica Limited.



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