Relief as ex-Liat workers receive payment

The 28 Barbadians, former employees of the defunct LIAT airline, have finally been paid the promised ex gratia payment two months after this newspaper publicised that they had been left out.

Expressing relief some of the former employees told the DAILY NATION that they were “grateful”.

“We received an email from the Ministry of Tourism last week informing us to collect our cheques. It was not all of what we expected but we are thankful,” said the former employee who worked at LIAT for more than 15 years.

These employees who included managers, mechanics and other personnel from the commercial department had publicly complained that they had not received the payment, they were informed back in July that they were not eligible to receive the money which was announced by Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley as the National Insurance payment and the unemployment benefits hey received amounted to more than the severance payment owed to them by LIAT.

However, the workers cried foul as they indicated that the Prime Minister stated that the money would be paid to “all Barbadian workers” and this resulted in non-nationals who were based in Barbados and who were already compensated by their countries receiving payments.(MB)