Investor with interest in LIAT is willing to pay portion of severance, Lovell says

Harold Lovell is condemning the Government’s treatment of the former LIAT workers, and says his Party has found an investor willing to shoulder some responsibility for their severance payments.

The ex-employees and the Government have been at loggerheads over such payments, which remain outstanding more than a year after they were sent home.

Recently, Prime Minister Gaston Browne and Minister Lennox Weston gave the workers and their unions until the end of December to accept a 50 percent non-negotiable offer that includes cash, bonds, lands and scholarships tenable at The UWI – Five Islands.  

However, Lovell says the Browne Administration is on the wrong track with its approach to the LIAT-severance issue.

Lovell says he has given a commitment that a United Progressive Party Administration “will have a totally different approach.”  To this end, he says a proper discussion with the parties is key.

During a Trade and Investment Mission to Panama, Lovell says a potential investor expressed an interest in LIAT and in helping to pay a significant portion of the severance monies.