Barbuda MP Trevor Walker is appealing to the Gaston Browne Administration to re-engage the former LIAT workers, with a view to settling issues related to severance and other gratuity payments that amount to millions of dollars.
Walker’s appeal comes as PM Browne doubles down on his position that the Government will not withdraw its offer of 50 percent of the payments, either in cash, bond or lands – and as Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves has committed to pay LIAT workers who are Vincentians.
Walker says that an acrimonious position on this issue will not help the situation, especially since Caribbean governments have agreed that LIAT is vital for connectivity across the region.
The United Progressive Party (UPP) has promised that the former LIAT employees will be paid 100 percent of their severance, and that it will pursue a path of collaboration and compromise to achieve this.
Further, Political Leader Harold Lovell says there are plans to incorporate many of these experienced workers into the avionics sector the Party is committed to building.