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Former CAH workers protest non-payment of severance


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Former CAH workers protest non-payment of severance
Former workers of Caribbean Aircraft Handling want to know when they will be paid their severance. (Picture by Shanice King)

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A small group of disgruntled former workers at Caribbean Aircraft Handling Co. Ltd. took to the streets in protest earlier today.

For around four hours, around ten men and women waved signs and shouted near the roundabout by the Grantley Adams International Airport.

Spokesman Rodney Williams said the issue was about the lack of severance payment.

“We were part of the group that took the voluntary severance but have been getting the run around. The last thing they said was we would be paid yesterday but some of us haven’t heard anything,” he said.

Tamesha Simpson said she got a call last night from a representative of the company telling her Government had dispensed funds but they could not get all their monies yet.

“I was told I would get vacation and lieu days’ payment and the rest in the future. That’s not good enough; you can’t tell the water and phone they only getting some of their money,” she said.

On Tuesday, Minister in the Ministry of Finance, Ryan Straughn, said Government was facilitating a $5 million bailout for parent company Caribbean International Airways Ltd (CIAL) in light of the voluntary separation of more than 200 workers.

When contacted, CIAL chairman Ian Bishop said the workers would be paid “very soon” but there was a delay, with 13 former employees hiring an attorney.

“Those who are protesting have engaged an attorney and we have our own so they are in correspondence. They are entitled to a legal excursion but that may delay the process further as there was already a slight delay. The payment is being processed and they will be paid very soon,” he said.

Among the protesters was United Progressive Party general secretary Wayne Griffith who said the group had reached out to them and they were providing representation. (CA)

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