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Ex-LIAT workers issue renewed appeal for compensation as petition gathers thousands of signatures


By Orville Williams

The hundreds of former LIAT employees still awaiting millions of dollars in compensation are again urging the airline’s shareholder governments to reach an agreement to pay them what they are owed.

A petition launched in May this year to support the fight for the workers’ severance and other entitlements has since surpassed 2,000 signatures and, just yesterday, former workers based in Barbados delivered a copy of the petition to that country’s parliament.

According to reports, the monies owed to the ex-LIAT employees total nearly EC$120 million, but they have been repeatedly told that it is unlikely they will be able to receive the full sum that is owed to them.

The carrier – which has served the region for several decades – was forced to temporarily shutter its operations at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic before being placed into administration when plans to liquidate its assets were abandoned.

Since March 2020, the embattled workers scattered across the region have been struggling financially, and have made numerous appeals for a resolution.

While a few of the former workers have secured new employment, word is that the majority of those laid off are still reeling more than two years later.

“We have former colleagues that have had to flee the region and are living in basements and converted garages in places like Canada [and] Maryland in the United States. I just can’t understand it, because these are people who would have served and contributed to the region,” former LIAT pilot Captain Neil Cave told local media in Barbados.

He added that it’s not only the failure to reach a payment agreement that is drawing the ire of his colleagues, but the lack of proper communication on the whole issue.

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