Lovell commends ABWU for successful Labour Week and promises that UPP Administration will be worker-centred

Harold Lovell, Political Leader of the United Progressive Party (UPP), is commending the Antigua and Barbuda Workers’ Union (ABWU) for its successful “No Confidence” March on Labour Day, May 2, and congratulating the hundreds of workers who supported the event.

The Union organized a number of successful events leading up to Labour Day, including a collaborative rally held last Thursday, April 28, at Bakers Corner in The Point.

The Party’s participation in the rally and the march is a commitment that a UPP Administration will have the interest of workers at the forefront, Lovell says.  He promises that the Administration will ensure that workers are treated fairly – unlike what is happening now under Prime Minister Gaston Browne.

At present, Lovell says, workers are more disgruntled than ever; and there have been more strikes these past several months than under previous administrations put together.

Speaking to the close relationship between the local unions and political parties – which was particularly evident this Labour Day –this is what Lovell has to say.

The “No Confidence March” was attended by workers who have been on the breadline since the COVID-19 pandemic began two years ago; by pensioners who have been unable to receive timely Social Security payments; and by contractors and public servants who are owed for services or overtime and back-pay.

The procession left the Union’s lower Newgate Street headquarters after hearing addresses by Union and Party officials and made its way across the City, ending at the Public Market.

Later, members and supporters of the UPP made their way to Ffryes Beach, where they enjoyed food and fellowship and were entertained by a slate of local artistes.