CAL gets court to order pilots back out to work

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CAL gets court to order pilots back out to work

After a frustrating Sunday, which saw approximately 30 international flights and several domestic flights being cancelled, Caribbean Airlines has obtained an injunction, preventing the Trinidad and Tobago Airline Pilots Association from taking industrial action.

The airline sought the emergency order through the courts on Sunday.

The Court ordered that the union instruct its members to immediately report for duty as rostered.

The ex-parte injunction stays in effect until further ordered.

CAL described the problem Sunday as originating from “cockpit crew constraints” after many pilots called in sick three hours before they were supposed to command their aircraft between Trinidad and Tobago, and between Trinidad and Guyana, several islands and North America.

The airline pilots association, in a statement on Sunday, denied that it had taken strike action, stating that its was barred from taking such industrial action since it was an essential service.
The association said that “its members continue to fly with their safety and best interest at heart”.