Prime Minister Gaston Browne has made yet another appeal to the former workers of regional airline LIAT.
Browne told them over the weekend to accept government’s offer of 50 per cent of their severance as a compassionate payment.
He says the government’s offer of a combination of cash, land, and bonds has been rejected by the union representing the former employees.
The union denies rejecting the offer.
The Antigua & Barbuda Workers Union (ABWU) general secretary David Massiah said the union is still awaiting a response from a May 19 letter sent to the court-appointed administrator of the airline, Cleveland Seaforth on the payment to the former workers.
A story posted on the Facebook page of Prime Minister Browne said the union had rejected the offer of a 50 percent severance payment entitled to the workers to be paid in cash and bonds.
According to the story, Browne indicated that the offer will not change.
But Massiah said: “We think that the offer is something that we would have to base on what we hear, most of us whilst we are not happy that that is what it is, 50 percent is better than nothing, so we never discarded it.
“I mean there are a number of stuff that we still think needs to be answered. It can’t just be carte blanche. We said 50 percent of total earnings of all their entitlements, and they never came back to us.
“My letter went to Mr. Seaforth, dated the 19th of May, we have not received a response since.”
Massiah said there had not been a rejection of the offer made, adding “all they have to do is respond to the letters that we have sent to the government that is what would basically make it”.
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