ST JOHN’S, Antigua – Four workers, sacked on Tuesday from Antigua Public Utilities Authority (APUA), said they have taken the matter to their union as the statutory corporation reportedly told them they would not be receiving severance.
Antigua Trades & Labour Union (AT&LU) has been identified as the workers’ bargaining agent, but general secretary Alrick Daniel, who has been named as the negotiator, could not be reached for comment.
However, two of the four workers said they gave seven years service, another served for six and the fourth has almost four years with APUA.
According to one of the workers, they were all called into a meeting on Monday, told of their termination and issued letters reflecting same.
“The letters state we have not been performing on the job; we would be paid salary up to July 10 and we would be paid for our unused vacation days,” one worker said.
“It said nothing of severance and when we asked about it, we were told we won’t be getting any.”
Efforts to reach APUA’s spokesperson Catherona Samuel were unsuccessful.
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