June 18 – LIAT pilots have ended their ‘sickout’ and are back on the job, allowing the airline to begin clearing a huge backlog involving thousands of grounded passengers. However, there are no guarantees that no further sickouts will occur. The Chairman of the Leeward Islands Airline Pilots Association (LIALPA), Captain Michael Blackburn, said there are still outstanding issues, such as a commitment from LIAT to repay all the money which pilots said was unilaterally deducted from their salaries, settle all retroactive public holiday payments, address concerns about the status of current pension deductions and sign off on a new contract immediately following the judgment of the arbitration panel which met earlier this year to settle some of the issues. LIALPA is disputing the date from which back payments should be made. LIAT has said that ‘the Board, in consultation with the Attorney General of Antigua and Barbuda has decided that this matter should be referred to the Industrial Court for resolution”. LIAT is still calculating how much it has lost as a result of the two days of industrial action, but St Vincent and the Grenadines’ Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves had estimated that the airline stood to lose US$500,000 per day.