The government says it will take legislation to Parliament when it next sits to declare LIAT an essential service, as defined under the Antigua and Barbuda Labour Code.
“The Cabinet is seeking to protect the investment in LIAT and to help ensure its long-term survivability,” according to notes from this week’s meeting of the executive.
Such a classification would place limits on labour actions on the staff based on the importance of the service to the country.
This announcement has come as there are moves to restructure LIAT.
The government also announced today that it has authorized a new loan facility from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) in the amount of US$16 million
“The Cabinet accepts that its efforts are designed to save the airline which is vital to the survival of the sub-region, and to Antigua and Barbuda’s national interests.”
The governments that own shares in LIAT are seeking to have other Caribbean countries served by LIAT to join in burden-sharing.