LETTER: Confusion reigns at ABS


Antigua News Room

Dear Editor,

ABS staff members are still unsure about what changes will come to the station amid a confirmed COVID- 19 case. Staff members want to know what measures will be taken to ensure their safety as health protocols were not properly implemented prior to the case.

However, that is not the focus of management right now as people are out on sick leave and management is embarrassed.

Below is a message recently sent to staff by management:

Good morning. As you are aware we are required to work on Public Holidays, as we are an Essential Service. Deductions will be made this month for the days of absence. A Letter outlining the exact dates is at ABS for you.

In Antigua, people get their regular salaries for showing up the day AFTER a holiday. If staff came to work the following day, what is there to be deducted? The reason workers were not showing up on holidays in the first place is because they were not getting their overtime pay.

What else do ABS workers have to go through for a change to come?


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    • Exactly! Probably the same person who has been stringing a set of anti-ErnaMae letters cloaked as “concern” for the employees.

      A coward pretending to be a laptop gansta.

  1. This is truly sad that in a time like this Management would try to spite workers at ABS by deducting their monies.

    Also it is a proven fact that as essential workers- majority of staff at ABS have not been paid public holiday pay according to the labour code nor overtime since the appointment

    Management allowed 9months to pass and then in this COVID situation decide to deduct monies that were never paid to staff in the first place.

    Who is really looking out for the staff at ABS???

    Where is the shop steward in all this?

    Departmental Directors?

    The Union?

    The Labour Department?

    The PS?

    The Minister?

    God Bless Antigua!!!!

  2. If they were all at least 3′ apart, they should all be safe.

    At least that’s what the govt said about children in school. Looks like they got it wrong yet again.

  3. This letter is very accurate. nothing was done before and nothing will be done. There is no one that will stand with the staff, not the ps, not the union and surely not the minister. Persons aired their views and got transferred. Such a shame. Management has failed the staff once again.

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