Union leaders repeat calls for ‘meaningful dialogue’ on the issue of severance for former LIAT workers

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Union leaders representing ex-employees of LIAT are once again calling on the Antigua government to have a “meaningful dialogue” on the issue of severance no later than Wednesday, December 15th, 2021.

This most recent deadline was outlined in a statement issued late last week by the Antigua and Barbuda Workers Union (ABWU)

According to the statement, the Consultative Mechanism of Unions representing various categories of LIAT employees held a virtual meeting last Tuesday to examine the last communication issued by the government, and will not be accepting the offer as presented.

“The unions are of the view that the “take it or leave it” and “what we say must go” utterance is counterproductive and not in keeping with good and acceptable industrial, labour and human relations practices,” the release said.

The bodies are therefore urging the government to “expeditiously and meaningfully engage” them with a view to effecting a resolution, sooner rather than later.

So far, union leaders have rejected the fifty percent severance offer which is payable in cash, bonds or land, or a combination where possible.

Recently, Prime Minister Gaston Browne has spoken of another arrangement that involves a sale and leaseback arrangement with the government of Antigua and Barbuda, covering all the chattel assets of LIAT.

Proceeds from this would be utilised to make urgent severance payments to eligible existing and displaced employees, as priority creditors. This offer is in lieu of the fifty percent compassionate payment.

Union leaders have demanded more clarity on the different offers, however, the Prime Minister has insisted they will have to either accept or reject the offers which will not remain on the table for long.

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3 COMMENTS

  1. GOOD ! IT IS TIME THAT PEOPLE START TO STAND UP AND PUSH BACK AGAINST THIS BULLY. GASTON IS THE WORST PRIME MINISTER EVER.
    GASTON DON’T LIKE BLACK PEOPLE!

  2. How many share holders governments have a stake in LIAT? Why should the Wadadli government take tax payers money and settle outstanding severance payments and the others are not held accountable? Take the matter to court then and you will get the results. Cause you unions knows what the outcome will be? You will get far less than what is offered presently. Honesty, the Wadadli government is very generous with its offer. Want all may end up with getting nothing. Why these Union’s don’t lobby the other shareholders government like their favorite leader downSouth? One thing Wadadli PM PM understand how to count money. Ah you’ll can’t fool he.

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