Antigua Public Utility Authority (APUA) workers today walked off the job in protest to management’s failure to pay the salary increases they claim are owed to them.
After walking off the job earlier on Thursday morning, the all men team of utility workers walked to the offices of their bargaining agent the Antigua Barbuda Workers Union.
The employees want the final 2.5 per cent paid to them on their three-year contract. They were to receive increases of 2 per cent, 2.5 per cent and 2.5 per cent in year one, two and three respectively.
Instead of getting their final increase this year, the management has reportedly told staff that the increase has been placed in a thrift fund for the workers.
According to reports, APUA is of the view that the agreement has been misinterpreted. It is said that only a 4.5 per cent increase and a 2 per cent contribution to the fund was agreed.
It is not clear what decision was taken by the workers in the end.
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