Barbados: Statement on ex-gratia payment to former LIAT workers


BARBADOS: The Government of Barbados notes that it has no legal obligation to settle any indebtedness to former LIAT (1974) Ltd. (LIAT) workers.

To date, some workers have received two monetary gifts and a loan from the Government of Barbados.

In addition, some workers who contributed to the Barbados National Insurance and Social Security Scheme have received what they are entitled to from the Scheme.

The Government of Barbados will offer an ex-gratia payment to former Barbadian workers of LIAT.

The ex gratia sum offered to each former employee will be no greater than the sum due to them from LIAT (1974) Ltd as a consequence of the termination of their employment following the Administration of the Airline.

In calculating the Government’s ex gratia offer, the loan and other payments already received (not including gifts) will be deducted from the offer.

A maximum cash offer of $75,000 will be made. Where after deductions, the balance is greater than $75,000, a portion will be paid in Series J Bonds.

Persons will be contacted by email.

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  1. What the Union in Antigua have to say about that?
    Barbados that the upp was praising playing follow the leader PM Gaston Browne.

  2. It’s sad!! Barbados is all for themselves. A very selfish entity! How can a shareholder have most of the shares in a company yet still declare that they are not indebted to the former workers especially those of the other countries? This to me sounds like an accomplice who has gotten himself into trouble with a perpetrator and eventually found a slippery way of getting out.

    • Lol, have you stop to think for once that Antigua had over 600 LIAT workers despite warnings about the inefficiencies in Antigua. Oh, did not Barbados carry the most of the LIAT guaranteed loans. Stop the yardfowl behavior and put commonsense and reason first.

  3. I do not hear anywhere that the Barbados government has negotiated with the Union, and they have come to a settlement. This is a unilateral decision from the Mia Motley lead administration. I guess the Union in Barbados is not as politically driven as the one in Barbados and they most have acknowledge and understood that the government indeed has no legal obligation to settle anything. And not that the monies they have received before were considered to be loans. And will be deducted from any ex-gratia payments up to $75000 Barbados dollars. Which is US$37500.00. The rest will be in government bonds.
    Here was the Gaston Browne offer of 50% of your severance in a combination of Cash, Lands and bonds. And that was for ALL Liat workers. Not just Antiguan based. Yet the Union encouraged their members not to agree with this offer. How sad. Blinded by their hatred they have misled the workers to take up a good offer. With the Gaston Browne offer they could have easily gone to the other shareholder and negotiated to get the other 50%.

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