The patience of the St Vincent staff of Liat (1974) ltd is wearing thin, as they their request for a meeting with Prime Minister Dr. Hon. Ralph Gonsalves is yet to be met.
The St. Vincent LIAT Workers Union in who learned that the company was going into liquidation via social media, wrote a letter to the Prime Minister dated June 8, 2020, requesting a meeting to discuss the matter.
In a media release, President of the Liat Workers Union, Jeremiah Howard said: “The anxiety and frustration that is being experienced by the staff losing their jobs, through no fault of their own, is now exasperated, by the poor communication with management and the failure to secure a meeting with the Prime Minister to resolve the matter of the outstanding salaries, severance pay and other benefits.”
“We fully understand the complex nature of this situation, the legal ramifications and the current crises engendered by COVID-19, have resulted in an unprecedented economic fallout. However, our patience and understanding for the past nine weeks, is waning thin,” Howard continued.
The Prime Ministers of Barbados, Grenada and Antigua & Barbuda have met with the LIAT staff of their respective countries regarding the same issues.
The union shared: “This crisis is not just about our fiduciary interest but speaks to a moral obligation to show care and compassion to us as staff members of Liat and by extension citizens of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, in this unprecedented time. We should be valued like the other shareholders’ citizens.”
Howard informed that six active-duty staff have not received a salary since April.
“Their commitment and dedication despite the handling of this situation is exemplary. This arrangement is however under review and simply cannot continue given the lack of reciprocal care and concern for our staff members,” Howard concluded.