Remaining $1 Million Allocated for LIAT Workers as Government Urges Acceptance Amidst Union Dispute

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LIAT Staff at recent meeting with union

The government has one million dollars remaining from the initially allocated two million dollars for compassionate payments to former LIAT 1974 Ltd workers.

Not all workers accepted the offer, following the advice of their union, the Antigua and Barbuda Workers Union (ABWU).

Chief of Staff Lionel Max Hurst urged workers to disregard the ABWU and accept the offer, stating that no more funds can be obtained.

Severance issues persist for LIAT workers, with ongoing negotiations and accusations of insufficient offers and bullying.

The ABWU aims to continue negotiations, while the government proceeds with plans for LIAT 2020. The government is in talks to purchase three aircraft from the Caribbean Development Bank to establish LIAT 2020, aiming to start operations this month.

LIAT (1974) Ltd dissolved in January, but the court-appointed administrator assures former employees of fulfilling obligations for severance, vacation pay, retroactive pay, and outstanding salaries within 45 days.

Prime Minister Browne highlighted the CDB’s crucial role in finalizing agreements with Air Peace, a Nigerian airline, to secure a promising future for regional travel.

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