Antigua and Barbuda Workers Union Celebrates 55th Anniversary


The Antigua and Barbuda Workers’ Union has reached another important milestone in its struggle to elevate the lives of workers in Antigua and Barbuda. On May 15, the ABWU will commence its 55th anniversary celebrations which will run through May 31.


The theme for this year’s anniversary celebrations is “Uniting Workers with a Renewed Vision”. The theme underscores the principle of “strength in numbers” and highlights the Union’s intention to provide strong and decisive leadership that is responsive to the needs and circumstances of the current times.


The ABWU honours the legacy of its founding fathers which include Sir. George H. Walter, Sir. Keithlyn Smith, Bro. Malcolm Daniel and Bro. Donald Halstead.

Their work, along with the efforts of many ordinary men and women – employed primarily as dock and hotel workers – secured many of the rights and benefits that we enjoy today.

The Social Security Scheme, paid maternity leave, severance pay and a shortened work week were the result of the ABWU’s influence on the government’s legislative agenda.

The schedule of events for the ABWU’s 55th Anniversary are as follows:


May 15 Church Service Bethesda Pentecostal Church, 9:00am
May 16 Media Day ABSTV, Observer Radio, Crusader Radio
May 19 – 20 Retreat Freedom Hall, 9:00am – 5:00pm
May 25 – 26 Youth Workshop Freedom Hall, 9:00am -5:00pm
May 28 Cocktail/Dinner Freedom Hall
May 31 Appreciation Day Freedom Hall


The Antigua and Barbuda Workers’ Union is delighted to celebrate this occasion with its members and well-wishers. The Union’s positive impact on labour relations in Antigua and Barbuda is the result of a united membership, a talented team of officers and support staff, along with a committed and hard-working executive body.


Happy 55th Anniversary!

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  1. Congratulations are in order. What began a deceicive move to the left as unfortunatey drifted into a center-right organization and no longer has the same impact it once had.

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