UPP Issues Urgent Call For Relief — Back Pay, Fair Wage Increase and Outstanding Debt to Vendors

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Leader of the United Progressive Party in Antigua and Barbuda, Harold Lovell

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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18 COMMENTS

    • Ma belly a bun me
      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. 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.

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  1. Subsidies are the driving force in the UPP’s economic plan. Mr lovell when diminishes the Government abilities to raise revenues with all of your”giveaways”how are you going to pay salaries and fund all the programs and projects. With your approach to economic growth,Antigua/Barbuda will be on the trajectory to become a”failed state”

    • @ SAD BUT TRUE!! Come on Mr. Lovell, you owe us an answer. So answer up to the question AFTER ALL DEM GIVE AWAYS, A WHERE YA GET DE MONEY TO RUN THE STATE…… Please Lovell don’t give us the impression that you are thinking without any brains

      • @ Bluddy Bloke

        Where did the money come from to buy DELUXE FOR $7,000,000?

        Where did the money come from to buy $76,000,000 worth of waste books (e-books)

        Where did the money come from to buy a non-existent cemetery.
        That’s where it’s coming from, when all the corruption and enrichment plans are removed and revealed, you bunch of waste.

    • @ Sad But True

      ANTIGUA IS ALREADY A FAILED STATE UNDER GASTON BROWN.

      THEY CANNOT PAY WAGES, OVERTIME, CLEAN THE ENVIRONMENT. YOU HAVE JUST SUNK YOURSELF, ANTIGUA HAS NEVER BEEN HARDER…..right now anything better than ABLP!!!!!

  2. Hold strong Damani and Richard Lewis. Harold loveLIE soon gone. Soon the party will be PURGED. Get ready for the relaunch, rebrand and reinvention with NEW NAME, LOGO and PARTY COLOURS. The flushable IMF waste will be kicked to the curb like a cheating ex for the UMPTEENTH TIME in the upcoming general election. All ELITIST ELEMENTS will have to shape up or ship out. The lipstick hog will be no more. You will get to breathe and even choose your very own ties for the next photoshoot.

    Hang in there Damani and Richard. Deliverance day from loveLIE is coming soon.

    • @ Hmmmmmm
      With the help of God, Damani and RICHARD will be rejoicing with the rest of the country when the UPP wins the nextelection

  3. @ Hmmmmmmm
    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.

    • @gas-ton One of the best decisions made by the ABLP led admin. This helped ensure we did not have chaos as happened in Guadeloupe, during a similar demonstration. Many persons after the riots there lamented the loss of property and would have wished the government there had taken the action taken here. C Benjamin did a good job acting as PM that day

      • Tenman, my. Grandfather was in his house when they came with teargas and almost killed him.
        Thank God it didn’t happen because you and your comrades would be singing a different song.
        There would have been no turning of the other cheek

      • @ gas-ton / tenman the board fee taker
        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. 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.

      • “… One of the best decisions made by the ABLP led admin.”

        DID YOU REALLY SAY THIS @ tenman? You are telling your fellow Antiguans that they deserved to be tear-gassed by Gaston Browne’s black-shirted military?

        There were women and children present, even the police and military ended up tear gassed by the prevailing winds blowing back in their faces – go and watch the videos again!

        Are you fo’ real? You’re no Antiguan or patriot. Tarl!!!

  4. @ Hmmmmmm
    With the help of God, Damani and RICHARD will be rejoicing with the rest of the country when the UPP wins the nextelection

  5. @ tenman

    you and labour party tink that ar you can justify THE WICKED USE OF TEAR GAS PAN ANTIGUANS AND BARBUDANS, INCLUDING YOUNG CHILDREN.
    THERE WAS NO JUSTIFICATION FOR THIS, AND FOR THIS ALONE THEY SHOULD BE REMOVED FROM POWER.
    ABLP was just denied a march and took it upon themself to march up long street and now completely ignore a court order to bring charges against themselves.
    R U RUN PEOPLE ALL UP IN DEM HOUSE WID TEARGAS EVIL SON OF B_ TCHES.
    Even when y’all was refused and marched NO TEAR GAS WAS USED. YOU PEOPLE ARE JUST SO AWFUL AND MASTER OVER ANTIGUA AND ALL I SURVEY, whether in opposition or government.

  6. @ tenman

    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. 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.

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