ABS Employees Back on the Job
Tuesday 26th February, 2019-Strike action taken by ABS employees last week was called off today following a meeting held between employees, union representatives, management and Labour Minister Steadroy Benjamin.
The meeting was convened to address several concerns that lead to industrial action, chief among them this time around was a letter that was served on employees, informing them they won’t be paid for several days in December when they walked off the job.
Kerrio Adams, ABS’ Shop Steward speaking after the meeting said employees remain aggrieved, but have returned to work with a promise made by the Labour Minister to bring about a resolution to the issues affecting them.
The Labour Minister reminded both management and the staff that ABS was made an essential service in 2007. Both sides seemed to have been unaware of that statute.
Also today, a commitment was given to workers attached to the Connect Antigua and Barbuda Initiative that monies owed to them will be paid in the shortest possible time.
The employees plan to meet with their union AT&LU on Wednesday to review today’s meeting that was chaired by the Hon. Steadroy Benjamin.
A report from the Labour Department was submitted to the labour minister today. It was compiled following a meeting in January between employees and management of the state entity that was mediated by the Acting Labour Commissioner, Pascal Kentish.