Attorneys often guilty of disregarding Industrial Court orders and dragging out matters over long period, Union Head says

Samuel James, President of the Antigua and Barbuda Free Trade Union, is accusing attorneys of paying scant regard to court orders – especially those made by the Industrial Court.

James, an advocate for workers and their rights, says he has defended dozens of employees in unfair-dismissal and similar matters before the Industrial Court, and, in most cases, attorneys have represented the offending parties.

However, when the court makes an order, James says, quite often the defending attorneys do not ensure that their clients follow through.

He says that this disregard of the court’s instructions by the defendants often leads to matters being dragged out for very long periods.