ST JOHN’S, Antigua – More then 20 employees of LIAT’s cargo department have been made redundant, just over one year after the company launched the intra Caribbean service, affected employees have told OBSERVER Media.
Of the 28 employees who service the Cargo and Quick Pak Department, only three were spared the plight of redundancy, our source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said.
Employees received their letters last week informing them that their services would no longer be required as of April 15, 2012. The Cargo and Quick Pak Department has been outsourced to the Barbados based Caribbean Airport Services.
The employees, some of whom have worked with the company for more than a decade, are expected to meet with their bargaining agent, the Antigua & Barbuda Workers Union, ABWU, today.
One of the employees, who spoke with the newspaper on condition that his name would not be revealed, took issue with the manner of the employees’ dismissal, describing it as “unfair.”
When contacted for a comment, LIAT’s Corporate Communication Manager Desmond Brown said, “I do not have a comment on this matter at this time.”
The ABWU has agreed to speak with OBSERVER Media today on the matter.
(More in today’s Daily OBSERVER)