The Opposition United Progressive Party makes urgent plea for immediate payments

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The Opposition United Progressive Party is making an urgent plea for immediate payments of back pay to public sector workers and 50% of the moneys owed to service providers.

These calls were made by UPP Political Leader, Harold Lovell, at a press conference held on Tuesday 13 December.

Commenting on the government’s paltry offer of a 7% pay raise, which is a mere 2% increase over the interim 5%, Lovell stated that he believes our public servants deserve better.

He’s therefore asking the government to give the union a realistic offer that could be seriously discussed, given the impact of double-digit inflation and the deterioration in the standard of living and quality of life of public workers.

Further, he requested an immediate payment of the back pay owed since 2018.

The UPP Leader commented, “We say what has been offered is not enough.

If, as he [Gaston Browne] says, the salary increase is due to a protracted negotiating process, we are calling on the government to immediately pay the back pay which is due and is not dependent on the negotiation process.”

The UPP Leader also commented on an unofficial offer made by Gaston Browne on his radio station that has not been communicated to the unions.

In calling on the prime minister to respect the negotiating process, the Political Leader said that even the 4 percent which the prime minister claimed was on offer, if it were granted and agreed upon, would translate into just $60 more per month for a junior clerk and $329 per month for a permanent secretary, who occupies the highest rung on the ladder.

The UPP has also launched an appeal for government to immediately pay vendors and service providers some of what is owed to them.

These overdue payments go back, in some cases, as many as seven and eight years, and have caused great harm and damage to businesses, both large and small.

“We call on government to pay immediately at least 50 percent of what is owed to the business sector.

This will allow the business people, the vendors the service providers, to meet their creditors, their obligations and to be in a position to provide a platform for real economic growth in this country.” Lovell concluded.

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14 COMMENTS

  1. Holy crap!!! This one now. Oh so it’s now #UPPNEARGA calling and not headlined with the political idiat #HFWL.

    • @ Just Saying: ‘SAY AFTER ME’: ‘Athley Rodney…………….’ and so on, lol
      Athley Rodney on 08/08/2021 to Gaston and Cutie ‘should I proceed with the plan to tear gas the poor black hungry Antiguans and Barbudans?’

      Gaston and Cutie’s response to Rodney ‘Yes, teargas DEM R_ SS, make certain that you hurt them real badly, let them know that a we run things ya’

      Dem wicked evil and HEARTLESS Vagabonds.
      Their time is up. NEVER AGAIN MUST THEY RUN THIS COUNTRY.
      Mek up for the pain and suffering you cause us Point and Villa people by reducing the duty on food items. At least you can do dat.
      GET RID A DEM

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  3. 50 years of Birdism and Browneism hasn’t improved the country or the lives of indigenous Antiguans on the whole.

    Just saying @ Just Saying …

  4. Pay us our damn money. Sell Deluxe if you have to. The building has been sitting there breeding ratta and gathering cobwebs while these losers live off the hog! Ham and turkey is all you think that we deserve. Time for Gaston to go!!!

  5. I guess Harold is trying hard to remain relevant. But sorry Harry the Prime Minister doesn’t even notice you. You are a spend force

  6. It amazes me how ABLP and the PM himself, even Asott have so much money for bill boards, paying artist to write and sing songs, Give always of $1000, TVs, refrigerators and who knows what else, but no money for upkeep of the nation and salaries. My people, the Grabston Administration does not care about you, only your votes so they can keep robbing you blind and lying to your face! UPPs programs are what Gaston trying to boast about! Wake up and joking Hon Harold Lovell and UPP. Another term of ABLP is sure death for Antigua and Barbuda!! Wake up and do the right thing for ONCE!!

    • We already tried them in 2004 through 2014 and we know what they can do. They brought us to the IMF and wasted so much money and pauperized the country. Bringing us to the brink of being a failed state. It’s not so long ago, so it is still fresh in our head. Not them again. No Sir. And that slate from them was a much better slate than these Charlatans, Laggards and Losser, Ex-murderers and Rapists. These are an insult to the good people of this country. They cannot ever represent us. That would be us scraping at the bottom of the barrel to get representation. We are not that desperate.

      • Side-Liner, are you reading your own words? How do you compare 70+ years to 10? Do you realize going to the IMF was to correct what ALP/ABLP did to the country? Are you aware of the ALP/ABLP’s history of financially raping the treasury for self enrichment and mismanagement of funds? Are you aware of how “your” party cause Antigua &Barbuda to spiral from being one of the top Caribbean Islands to now a laughing stock and paupers graveyard? I don’t think you know else you would not have your fingers expose your thoughts on social media. You think Gaston cares about you? You think ABLP cares about you? Only as long as you play demonic interference like you’re doing on this forum. Please go talk to your older family members and learn your history! When you have done so, if you still maintain the same position, we’ll, dawg bettah dan you!!!

  7. On this day 19 years ago, our beloved daughter, sister, niece, friend and classmate TESSA BARTHLEY was SHOT IN HER NECK by UPP candidate SHERFIELD BOWEN. He robbed not only us, but an entire community and nation of two patriots. Our hearts continue to grieve and break at the senseless death of our loved one by an officer of the court. Justice was miscarried, but we know that a day is coming. He robbed us of our kind, fun, caring and hardworking princess, but he cannot rob us of the beautiful memories we shared. ❤️

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