Union to update anxious LIAT employees on critical company developments today

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LIAT employees will be updated by their union this morning about recent company developments that may impact them.

The Antigua Barbuda Workers’ Union (ABWU) will be meeting with the airline’s workers at its headquarters at Freedom Hall on Newgate Street, and all LIAT personnel are encouraged to show up for the 10 a.m. start.

At present, hundreds of staff – including pilots – are at home, since the airline suspended passenger services in March and April due to the COVID-19 pandemic. These services, according to LIAT, will remain suspended until June 30.

In the meantime, the workers, who were laid off in accordance with labour laws, were paid their full salaries for the month of March, LIAT said in an earlier statement.

It also said the carrier is “discussing the extension of the lay-off period with the recognised unions in light of the continued closures, travel restrictions, and slow reopening of borders across the LIAT network.”

Workers are bracing for news that the lay-off will continue.

Many are also saying that, given the airline’s uncertain future, they want to be properly severed now.

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