IN PICTURES: ABWU and UPP Unite for Workers’ Rights


Antigua & Barbuda’s Labor Day: ABWU & UPP unite for workers’ rights. Sen. Massiah criticizes govt for neglecting public sectors, calls for severance fund. Pres. Riley emphasizes economic justice. UPP pledges ongoing support for ABWU, vows to improve working conditions. Theme: Breaking Barriers, Building Bridges, Ensuring Social Justice.

Workers’ achievements and their fight for labor rights and better working conditions were at the forefront during Antigua and Barbuda’s annual Labor Day events, where the Antigua and Barbuda Workers Union (ABWU) and the United Progressive Party (UPP) collaborated.

Senator David Massiah, ABWU’s General Secretary, highlighted the workers’ need for fair treatment and improved conditions in various sectors. He criticized the government for neglecting public sector facilities and not addressing workers’ concerns promptly, such as delayed payments and lack of discussions on salary increases.

Massiah also pointed out Prime Minister Gaston Browne’s actions, which he believed were detrimental to workers’ rights. He advocated for the establishment of a severance protection fund and emphasized the importance of financial independence for individuals without relying solely on government aid.

Kem Riley, President of ABWU, echoed the call for solidarity among workers and emphasized the ongoing struggle for economic justice. He stressed the need to recognize workers’ contributions to society and strive for inclusivity.

Members of the United Progressive Party showed support for ABWU, with Political Leader Jamale Pringle vowing to advocate for workers’ rights consistently. Pringle acknowledged the progress made but also highlighted the ongoing challenges, pledging to introduce legislation in parliament to safeguard workers’ severance and improve working conditions.

The theme of this year’s Labor Day activities is “Breaking Barriers, Building Bridges, Ensuring Social Justice and Work for All,” emphasizing the ongoing quest for fair treatment and rights in the labor force.

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  1. Very misleading headline…..
    Its time to remove the burden of the political parties off of the shoulders of the unions.
    We should be matching for workers right and not to flex the muscles of the political landscape.
    Until we can achieve that…labour day is another political rally.

    • @Dexter Pelle:
      In Antigua, it has been a political rally since 1971. Where have you been living?

  2. The Antiguan workforce are rising up at last, they’ve all had enough of POOR pay, NO pay and LOW wages.

    Unions taking on this government at long last.


    Antiguans have to put food on their tables, and keep a roof over their heads.

    By the time we done rise-up to this government’s financial INJUSTICES, even the Barbudans will applaud us and say “kooyah, look dey, Antiguans nah play, they mean business”.

    • @Brixtonian:
      If you truly believe that a Labour Day march is a representation that people are rising up, then you don’t understand the dynamics of the political climate in Antigua. Next Labour Day will be the same process. What will count is the turnout on the polls in 2028.

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