Former LIAT Employees in Antigua Await Overdue Severance Pay Resolution

LIAT Staff at recent meeting with union

It has been almost three years, and there has been little progress in addressing the overdue severance pay owed to former LIAT employees in Antigua.

While counterparts in neighboring regions have received some compensation, these individuals remain excluded, with the government only offering 50 percent of the expected amount, as stated by Prime Minister Gaston Browne.

David Massiah, the General Secretary of the Antigua Barbuda Workers Union, recently communicated that the situation remains unchanged. Former employees are still waiting for improved prospects.

Massiah emphasized the lack of communication between the government and the union, despite their attempts to initiate a dialogue.

Senator Massiah called for accountability, urging the Prime Minister and the LIAT administrator to provide a progress report. He noted that while some were initially willing to work with the Prime Minister, circumstances have changed.

The union continues to push for a dialogue and explore all possible solutions.

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    • Who owe them money? Y’all don’t understand the term “severance “. This money could only be paid if there is money left after paying bills and taxes. Liat don’t have Any MONEY to pay ANY severance.

  1. There may be legal issues for the Directors of LIAT who were in place up to the point of the Administrator’s take over.
    If it is determined that LIAT was operating as insolvent entity (and as there is no money for severance it probably was) the Directors may be able to be pursued legally in their personal capacity for LIAT’s liabilities.

    • Commentator- Which LIAT staff can go on the stand and testify, under oath, they were unaware of LIAT dire financial situation? Problem is they expected governments to bail LIAT out. Think back re the calls for salary cuts. What healthy company requires salary cuts? Then came covid.

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