Prime Minister Gaston Browne today appealed to workers in the hotel sector to form their own union after he accused some trade unionists of being on the payroll of hoteliers.
Browne was at the time addressing the closure of the Sandals Antigua resort during an emergency meeting of the Lower House.
“You have the numbers to form yourself into your own trade union movement,” the prime minister told hotel workers.
“I want to recommend that the hotel workers form themselves into the Antigua & Barbuda Hotel Workers Association of Union,” he added.
The prime minister said his government is even willing to pledge financial assistance if the workers organize themselves.
The majority of hotel workers are currently being represented by the Antigua & Barbuda Workers Union.
Browne said the workers are better off taking matters into their own hands since there is a lack of representation from their unions.
Earlier in the week, he accused the ABWU of colluding with Sandals to undermine his government, a claim the union denied.
The majority of Antigua private sector workers are employed in the hotel sector either directly or indirectly.
Sandals Antigua will close for about three months from September to undergo repairs to the property.
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