(Barbados Today) Opposition Leader Bishop Joseph Atherley on Monday urged Government to assist severed LIAT employees in Barbados who are now struggling to make ends meet after one year of being dismissed from the bankrupted carrier.
In an impassioned speech in the House of Assembly, Bishop Atherley said that the government of Antigua has been speaking loudly in defiance of the rest of the Caribbean on the matter, and in his opinion, it is high time Barbados’ voice was heard.
Bishop Atherley said: “Its hands need to be felt. Its actions need to be evident that obviously something is being done to address these people’s plight. There are mortgages to be serviced, people have lost their homes already, people are now falling victim to the arduous and diligent efforts of collection agencies. This is a bad business.
“If the Government cares, the Government needs to shout more loudly. The Government needs to be more proactive in what it is doing to redress this situation and ensure that these people are helped. Consider and imagine Mr Speaker, if you are out of work for over a year, your exposure to creditors.