Kelcom, Cable and Wireless and AWU dispute reached amicable Settlement

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St. John’s, Antigua and Barbuda: Attorney General and Minister of Labour, the Hon. Steadroy Cutie Benjamin has taken steps to bring an amicable solution to the ongoing dispute between Kelcom, Cable and Wireless and Workers who are represented by the Antigua Workers Union.

During a meeting on Monday, Executive Vice President, Human Resources Cable Wireless Communications, Michele English, Joe Mathieson Lime Manager, Vice President Human Resource, Jacqueline Floro-Forde, Kelcom Company Manager, Joshua Stewart, AWU’s Chester Hughes, LIME staff representatives and acting Labour Commissioner Pascal Kentish were updated on several matters.

Benjamin gave both parties a chance to outline some of the challenges being faced and to explain how the matter can be addressed in the best interest of the staff, company and the country.

Antigua Workers Union representative Chester Hughes outlined that the manner in which the company treated the staff was unjust. He said the fact that one parent company owns both Flow and Lime and yet both entities operate as separate businesses, is of major concern to the Union, without proper consideration being given to implications touching long serving members of the company.

Hughes mentioned that positions at Lime are being made redundant, which is unlawful, based on the Antigua and Barbuda Labour Code. He also stated that the salary structure of both companies need to be addressed, to create a fair environment for staff.

Executive Vice President, Human Resources Cable Wireless Communications Michele English and Vice President Human Resource Jacqueline Floro-Forde explained that in any buy out, redundancy is expected as the company seeks to restructure.

The Labour Minister  proposed ways in which the matter can be addressed shortly through proper dialogue within the best interest of all.

The group is expected to report back to the Attorney General on Wednesday December 4th, where it is expected that a final decision will be reached.

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