Workers at the Burma Quarry have decided that enough is enough when it comes to a matter affecting their pay packets.
As of yesterday – Wednesday 6th March 2019 – the quarry workers said they will no longer work any overtime because of long outstanding pay owed to them for the same.
“The issue is the lack or low overtime payment for the workers here,” shop steward Michael Peters, told OBSERVER.
The quarrymen are reportedly owed overtime pay for over a year but continued working in the expectation that the obligation would eventually be honoured within a timely period by their employer – the Government of Antigua and Barbuda.
“We used to work 17 hours a day, seven days a week,” said Peters.
Thus, as a form of protest, Peters declared that until they are paid they will
not be working past 3:00 p.m. – the end of their usual work day.
Peters questioned the current whereabouts of one million dollars that was allegedly placed in the treasury to pay them.
According to him, the lack of overtime pay has had a domino effect on
the workers and their commitments. Their children have reportedly suffered as a consequence because some are unable to pay school fees, according to the shop steward.
In light of this action taken by the quarry workers, work has piled up. Peters says evidence of this can be observed by the large heap of material left at the quarry.
He said apart from the nonpayment, workers are struggling with threats by government to privatise the quarry.