The Unheard Voices of LIAT Discarded Employees

Should Caricom governments be allowed to ignore the plight of former LIAT workers?

Does the region have a moral responsibility to make a financial settlement available for this cadre of workers who having served the regional at great personal sacrifice are having to make the ultimate sacrifice?

Employees’ Voice Facebook Page

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  • Three commenters were placed under moderation by the blogmaster, GP, Austin and John.

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  • Cuhdear Bajan,

    Ha ha! You too? As annoying as the man is, he is one of us. The blog seems incomplete without him. It seems you do not need to like people to miss them.

    I guess he is not posting because David put him in moderation.

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  • David I think that the Lonely Londoner is indeed lonely, and that he misses we Bajans, those of us who live at home, and those of us who are dwelling in strange lands, even though all of us except for him learnt by rote, are hungry dingoes, silly women, savage, incompetent, and foolishly but happily live in a completely failed state.

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  • David. March 27, 2021 10:17 AM

    You will not believe her statement if she were to make one anyway.
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    Silly u as if she would solely be speaking to me
    Her Role as PM GOES to that of protecting the integrety of nation and people
    I am only one voice among the masses of those who might disagree if or when necessary
    Other than that there are those who might agree and her voice of silence is not an option when bajans are being called rotten by other govt forces

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  • Maybe she has become infected by the virus which affected her predecessor- the art how to perfect silence.

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  • Not only my voice say PM yuh silence is deafeaning

    It is said that timing is everything, and that position is the art of gunnery. That may be so. However, we continue to be boggled by the failure of our Government so far, to at least publicly, defend the citizens it serves, who have been the target of long-running attacks from the leadership of the government of Antigua and Barbuda.

    Barbados today editorial

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  • Cuhdear Bajan March 27, 2021 10:33 AM #: “David, what has become of the lonely Londoner…I am beginning to miss him…I think. Is he in the hospital and unable to use his electronic device? Is he dead?”

    Donna March 27, 2021 10:42 AM #: “Ha ha! You too? As annoying as the man is, he is one of us. The blog seems incomplete without him. It seems you do not need to like people to miss them.”

    What????

    Surely both of you jest.

    Hasn’t BU now gone from being a toxic environment to one that’s a ‘breath of fresh air’ without the hatred, anger, hypocrisy and the vile, unwarranted, unprovoked attacks on contributors?

    Or, perhaps Cuhdear Bajan enjoys being disrespectfully referred to as “the village idiot” just for expressing her views or Donna loves being snidely described as a ‘extremist fake Bajan’…….. and your fellow contributors likened to wild barking dogs, savages, beasts and predators that should be in the jungle; slimy pigs, hungry dingoes, hyenas, vultures or buzzing flies, by an arrogant, pompous, condescending, narcissistic ‘nasty piece of work?’

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  • @Artax

    Could be Donna and Simple Simon are ailing from a touch of the Stockholm Syndrome LOL.

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  • Not obligated to LIAT workers
    Barbados has no obligation to unemployed LIAT workers in Barbados who chose to live, work and be paid in Antigua.
    “None whatsoever,” Attorney-General Dale Marshall declared recently when pressed on the issue by Leader of the Opposition Bishop Joseph Atherley in the House of Assembly.
    “The Government of Barbados is under no obligation whatsoever to make any payment to them. None. They opted for the benefit of being employed in Antigua; earning hefty salaries in Antigua . . . they had all the benefits of living and working there,” said Marshall of that group of employees of the beleaguered airline whom he identified as “largely pilots and flight attendants who were employed in Antigua; who paid taxes in Antigua; who paid into the NIS fund of the Government of Antigua and Barbuda”. “When LIAT essentially collapsed, the claim that they made, they may live here, but they lived in Antigua, so their claim is against the Antiguan Severance Payment Fund,” Marshall asserted in an attempt to clear the air amidst repeated suggestions by former LIAT employees in Barbados that the Barbados Government ought to make restitution to them in consideration of their plight. Marshall pointed out there were “two sets of LIAT workers,” one set employed by LIAT in Barbados and another set of workers was employed by LIAT in Antigua.
    He explained the Barbados-based LIAT employees had paid contributions into the (Barbados) NIS, with LIAT also paying contributions into the (Barbados) NIS on their behalf adding, there was a legal obligation on the part of NIS in Barbados, to make payments to those workers through the Severance Payment Fund. But he said LIAT was not cooperating with the Barbados-based employees who had paid into the NIS and who were making claims to the airline for payment.
    “What is little known though, is that the management of LIAT under administration, has refused to cooperate with those employees, again the Barbadosbased employees, who paid in. So money came out of their pay cheque every month and they are entitled to get it back, but the LIAT administrators refuse to co-operate, to stop them from getting back their money,” the Attorney-General said.
    Marshall disclosed that Barbados had determined “that it would be appropriate to see how we could make some kind of payment on an entirely ex-gratia basis to those unfortunate souls who worked for LIAT, were contracted in Antigua, but who live here”. ( GC)

    Source: Nation

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  • I believe A.G Marshall is correct and I agree with him. The Antiguan government or Social Security Board, should be responsible for paying severance payments to those Barbadian former LIAT employees who lived in Antigua.

    Why should the Barbados government be obligated to pay those former employees that, while living and working in Antigua, social security contributions and PAYE were deducted from their salaries for that island’s social security fund and treasury respectively?

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  • The BWU contends that payment was split between Barbados and Antigua, where some qualified here and others in St John’s.

    “There are those who are entitled to severance by right because they had contributed to the [NIS Severance Fund] but there are some like a number of the pilots, who would be Bajan pilots whom would not have been contributing to the Severance Fund and who would be paid from Antigua,” said Moore whose union represents clerical and engineering staff and a few others from other departments of the restructured airline.
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    Even so as the AG reminds all that Antigua obligation was to those employees who lived and work in Antigua
    Where is the humantarian heart that govt was extremely benevolent with extending a helping hand to stranded cruise liners and others during the pandemic
    How come the govt needs to come and explain their political side instead of during the months the pilots were crying govt did not extended some level of humanity to the barbadians who needs help
    Yes I did read after the long months by which these past employees have been suffering that govt have a plan on hand to help them
    However I can’t help but question AG mouthings when all said and done these past employees are barbadians

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  • Donna interesting

    Cuhdear BajanMarch 27, 2021 10:33 AM

    David, what has become of the lonely Londoner…I am beginning to miss him…I think.

    Is he in the hospital and unable to use his electronic device

    Is he dead
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    DavidMarch 27, 2021 10:36 AM

    Three commenters were placed under moderation by the blogmaster, GP, Austin and John.
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    DonnaMarch 27, 2021 10:42 AM

    Cuhdear Bajan,

    Ha ha! You too? As annoying as the man is, he is one of us. The blog seems incomplete without him. It seems you do not need to like people to miss them.

    I guess he is not posting because David put him in moderation.

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  • LIAT pilots say ex-gratia payments are not enough – LIAT pilots say ex-gratia payments are not enough: https://barbadostoday.bb/2021/04/08/liat-pilots-say-ex-gratia-payments-are-not-enough/

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