21 Jan 2019

Guam aviation workers feel impact of US shutdown

2:38 pm on 21 January 2019

Aviation workers in Guam say if the partial government shutdown continues, they will be forced to seek work elsewhere - leaving the island nation with fewer trained air traffic controllers.

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Guam's Air Traffic Controllers Association president, Cody James, told the Pacific Daily News the island's aviation industry is one of the agencies affected by the longest shutdown in United States history.

Mr James said employees have not been paid since the 11 January, but are required to continue working without pay.

He said there were more than 60 Federal Aviation Administration workers on Guam, including 25 controllers and support staff and over 30 technicians who operate radars and navigation aids from Palau to the Marshall Islands.

The shutdown started on 22 December last year following Congress' refusal to fund President Donald Trump's border wall with Mexico.

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