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Those sky-high CAL salaries

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Since there are so far no clear indicators that state-owned Caribbean Airlines (CAL) has not yet shifted into financial stability after at least five years of losses, it is difficult to fathom the high salaries being pocketed by its senior managers.

Officials of the airline, who were grilled for three hours on Monday by members of a Joint Select Committee, defended the level of compensation paid to senior managers, even describing them as the cream of the crop, although in one instance, one of the highly paid had no experience in the aviation industry.

This week’s revelations suggest that officials of the airline paid no heed to a JSC report late last year which highlighted the size of the airline’s wage bill, the bulk of it going to pilots and senior managers. This top heavy arrangement is bound to weigh on the airline’s operations in the face of heavy competition in the industry and other challenges.

For most of its existence, CAL has been operating in deficit. Even if the objective is to attract the best and brightest with attractive compensation packages, given it revenue restrictions, it makes more sense to keep pace rather than outstrip industry trends.

Hopefully, CAL officials will at last follow the JSC’s recommendations and put a freeze on those sky-high wages and bonuses.
A Lenten example of forgiveness

A destructive act with the potential to hamper Holy Week observances at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception has turned into a demonstration of the mercy and forgiveness that are supposed to be hallmarks of the Christian faith.

Instead of an arrest, charges and demands for compensation, the leadership of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese in Port-of-Spain has shown an example worth emulating in these final days of Lent.

Make no mistake about the value of the statues damaged in the attack. Both have been part of the church for decades. In fact, the statue of St Paul is reportedly as old as the cathedral itself, dating back to 1836, and the crucifix has been a focal point of Good Friday services there for the past 30 years.

The normal, very human response, would be to demand justice. Instead, Roman Catholic Archbishop Jason Gordon and Monsignor Christian Pereira are moving on from the unfortunate incident and displaying love in action.

What a fitting sermon as T&T prepares for the season of Easter.

T&T’s energy diplomacy

It is welcome news that T&T, which has more than a century of experience in oil and gas, is now offering its expertise for the development of the industry in neighbouring countries. Energy diplomacy is the way to go.


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