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(Antigua Observer) The union representing a wide cross section of Liat staff has hinted at possible job cuts as a direct result of the airline’s decision to drop certain routes from its itinerary, and has called for dialogue prior.

General Secretary of the Antigua & Barbuda Workers Union (ABWU) David Massiah said while the company has not given the union that indication, it is bracing for any eventuality.

“As trade unions, we know that any sort of reduction in operations would, most often, come down to staff cuts. We have agreed that any impact to employees must be discussed with us well in advance of the time, to help us to understands decisions going forward,” Massiah said.

The regional carrier, announced last week, it would be cutting its services to the United States Virgin Islands (USVI) “as part of its efforts to achieve greater profitability and improve efficiency”.

In a statement,  the airline said it would cease servicing the USVI from March 1, when it ends flights to St Croix. Service to St Thomas will end on June 14.

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