Barbuda Council workers still affected by outstanding wages

Chairman of the Barbuda Council and Arthur Nibbs, Minister of Barbuda Affairs, Agriculture, Lands and Fisheries. (file photo)

Chairman of the Barbuda Council and Arthur Nibbs, Minister of Barbuda Affairs, Agriculture, Lands and Fisheries. (file photo)

ST JOHN’S, Antigua – The number of Barbudans coming over to Antigua’s carnival celebrations this weekend is expected to be significantly low as those working for the Barbuda Council have not been paid.

One resident, who is employed by the Barbuda Council, told OBSERVER media he is owed three months salary, while others are due 21 weeks’ wages.

He said this is disappointing as workers were looking forward to their money, especially for the long weekend, which will culminate with the annual Antigua’s Carnival celebration on Tuesday.

“I’m feeling real sad, real bad, annoyed, angry, hungry, but I hope that the now government who said they were going to rebuild will get this thing on track, get everything out of the way and get the ball rolling as soon as possible because it is really hard for us over here in Barbuda,” the Barbuda Council worker said.

It appears that in recent times, several Barbuda workers have been reporting late for duty.

This has prompted the Barbuda Council to threaten to dock their pay, which is not sitting well with the employees.

“The Secretary of council is now trying to put something into place to try and have workers to come in early, in terms of getting special time-keepers to move around to see that everybody is at work on time; if not, it will be deducted,” the Barbuda Council worker said.

“Workers are not happy. They are very annoyed about the whole situation. Workers are saying ‘why you trying to put this in place to deduct my money when you can’t even pay me for my 20 weeks, three months.’”

Newly elected Member of Parliament for Barbuda, Arthur Nibbs, during the recent election campaign, had promised that under an Antigua & Barbuda Labour Party (ABLP) government, the back log of wages and salaries would be wiped out.

But Nibbs said he cannot give a timeline on when the outstanding wages will be paid to the Barbuda Council workers.

“Well I’m not in a position exactly to give a timeline. But Cabinet, at out last meeting on Thursday, when I made my submission to the Cabinet, it was approved that we would settle the backlog to the Barbuda Council employees,” Nibbs said.

“I cannot, at this point in time, put a timeframe on it because that is dependent upon resources because we have met an empty treasury. Like I said before, we are paying for electricity, we are paying for water, we are paying every single thing.

“I don’t know what the UPP was paying for because everything is left there for the Antigua & Barbuda Labour Party government.”
Nibbs is also Chairman of the Barbuda Council and Minister of Barbuda Affairs, Agriculture, Lands and Fisheries.

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14 thoughts on “Barbuda Council workers still affected by outstanding wages

  1. These people are making Barbuda people look like fools.
    The council hired more people than they could pay and blame non-payment on the central government (UPP), the ABLP …… promised the world (even though Nibbs couldn’t manage the council) and in the end, they voted for the ABLP. The ABLP is clowning our sister island just like how we in Antigua are going to be clowned… so far all we have is excuses, victimizations and promises of court cases… smh

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  2. Nibbs must be laughing his way to the treasury every month now. You Barbudans think it was easy for him to be coming to Antigua every month to collect a mere thousand dollars from Asotain individual? Gone are those days thanks to you while you continue to cry.

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  3. lmao, this is too funny. Barbudans actually thought that ABLP was going to be a savior and take them out of Egypt now the …… hits the fan you are complaining, Never trust politicians. They tell you what you want to hear. You get the government you deserve. Antigua beware, your time is coming.

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  4. what the money them borrow to pay u guys before the election run out,,,people are so easily bought ……nothing will change,nibbs telling the people to be patient wow,lol

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  5. People get the government they deserve. We all could not WAIT to get of the UPP…oh well, the chickens are coming home to roost long before sunset!!

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  6. I cannot understand Mr Nibbs. All through the campaign he gave the impression that govt had the money but was not giving it to Barbuda. To enforce his point, he threatened the govt that if they did not pay by a particular time, the current PM will go as far as to mortgage his house to get the money to pay. They did make good obviously for political reasons. Now in govt, he his espousing the same thing that he was so much against and using the UPP lines that: lack of funds is preventing from paying them. As if to further rub salt into their wounds, he is promising that if they do not work as if they are getting their monies, he is going to not pay them.

    To my Barbuda peeps, I am sorry but the next time you hear ‘one gets the govt one deserves’, this is what is meant. It will soon be Antigua’s turn.

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    • Upp never said lack of funds. They already gave the council their annual allocation and some over and the Council used it up and hired additional people and expected the government to give them more.

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      • Correction. Nibs hired more ppl. Then say find the money to pay, even though the council couldn’t pay the employees that it had before. And what of his replacement on the council?

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  7. People of Antigua and Barbuda call upon Jehovah’s God name, in the name of his son Jesus, and the Holy Spirit that lives within you who has the power. Power in the name of Jesus, call on him GLORY HALLELUJUH. Stop putting your trust in man and put your trust in the creator.

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  8. Promises for fools August 2, 2014 at 21:22 - Reply

    This is crazy! this is slavery. do not show up for work on wednesday until you have been paid. there is no court in the world who will support what the ABLP barbuda council is doing to the people.

    You stated that people would be getting paid, but it has not happened.

    Government is CONTINUOUS! who are you going to blame NOW!

    You are in power, give the people, every hard working Barbudan that works for the council their just deserved over due salaries/wages. not some this week some next week…every body the same time.

    You cannot blame nobody…government is CONTINUOUS!

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  9. this mp can tell …. bad sorry for you all i see is the ablp in antigua is holdin there ends but the ones in barbuda a mash up barbuda we need back the BPM team now

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