Wednesday 21 October, 2020

LIAT workers in Barbados to claim NIS unemployment benefits



Barbados-based employees of regional airline carrier LIAT will be able to claim unemployment benefits from the National Insurance Scheme (NIS). 

The announcement came from the director of industrial relations and deputy general secretary of the Barbados Workers' Union, Dwaine Paul at a media briefing at the BWU's headquarters on Thursday.

Paul stated that employees of the collapsed regional-based airline have been officially laid off and can proceed to claim for unemployment benefits from the National Insurance Department. 

"We have had a discussion with the Government of Barbados through the Prime Minister and her team as it relates to how best we can address the situation for the LIAT workers. 
The Government has committed that all of the current measures that have been put in place to mitigate the impact on workers across Barbados will also be made available to those LIAT workers. Not only LIAT based operating workers but the LIAT team of pilots and cabin crew who operate from here but are not taxpayers or members of the NIS in Barbados," Paul disclosed. 

He indicated that the staff of the collapsed regional airline found themselves in "no man's land" as more than 100 employees around the Caribbean have not been paid and were also not paid for the last four months of the pandemic. 

The Antiguan Government has informed employees and trade unions that they will pay staff 50 per cent of their wages for July but there has been no discussion with shareholders or administration on the outstanding wages. 


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