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Bahamasair employees demanding Christmas, incentive bonus

Employees of the national flag carrier Bahamasair are claiming the airline failed to pay their annual Christmas and incentive bonuses.

The bonuses were to be paid yesterday, which marked the first pay period for December.

“We feel it is a slap in the face after working all year and having to earn this. The bonuses were not automatic and we, the employees met those criteria where we worked hard and still this is the approach by management,”said one Bahamasair staffer, who spoke toThe Nassau Guardianon the condition of anonymity.

“Last year we were placed in a similar position where we got a one week bonus when it should have been two weeks, and we are back at this juncture again where we found out that the bonuses were not going to be paid and right now industrial action is looming,”said another employee.

To qualify for the bonuses employees had to score a 26 or higher on their evaluations which were based on a scale of 1 to 35. They also had to have five or less sick days and no major breeches committed during the year.

When contacted on the matter yesterday, interim President of the Airport, Airline and Allied Workers Union(AAAWU)Anthony Bain explained that the union is in talks with Bahamasair’s management with a view to working the situation out.

“We don’t have anything negative to say about the company’s position. We are trying to do whatever we can to have a happy medium and whatever is owed to the employees will be at some point and time given to the employees.

“We are in negotiations and that is the best position to be in,”Bain said.

He opted not to go into further details on the matter and noted that the union has not authorized any form of industrial action against Bahamasair.

All attempts byThe Nassau Guardianto speak with Bahamasair’s Managing Director Henry Woods proved futile up to press time yesterday.

The angry employees say they plan to send management a petition formally inviting them to a meeting in an effort to resolve the issue.

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