Former LIAT workers plan protest over owed redundancy payments

Former LIAT workers in Antigua and Barbuda are planning a protest in coming days as they press for EC$120 million in outstanding redundancy payments.
Arian Blanchard, Executive member of the Leeward Islands Airline Pilots Association, says plans for the protest will be revealed in the next few days.
The 500 former employees of LIAT have been agitating for payment since losing their jobs when the COVID-19 pandemic curtailed travel and impacted the airline's bottom line.
Prime Minister Gaston Browne has offered a compassionate settlement of 50 per cent of the ex-airline workers' severance, payable in cash, lands or bonds, or a combination of those options.
Apart from Mr. Browne's offer to the former LIAT staff, the Barbados government, the carrier's largest shareholder, gave the just less than 100 displaced Barbadian workers a one-off gift of $2,000.
However, the money will have to be repaid from any eventual severance settlement.

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