Following an urgent meeting with his Caribbean Community (CARICOM) counterparts on Monday, Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell will meet with LIAT workers in Grenada to discuss their grievances.
Prior to the announcement, Dr Mitchell indicated in his national address on Sunday that LIAT workers were among individuals in Grenada requesting assistance through the Government’s COVID-19 economic stimulus package.
“The workers have not been paid since LIAT’s operations were halted due to the closure of borders to fight the spread of Covid-19. The grounding of operations has compounded LIAT’s financial position,” a statement from Grenada’s Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) read.
To this end, the aim of Dr Mitchell’s meeting LIAT employees is to have a preliminary discussion to understand their plight. The prime minister, however, contends that while shareholder governments are not legally liable for the fate of the workers, there is some degree of moral responsibility.
“Subsequent to arranging the meeting with LIAT workers, the prime minister received correspondence from the Grenada Technical and Allied Workers Union (GTAWU) requesting a meeting. Dr Mitchell has agreed to meet with the union representatives but his meeting with the workers will proceed as planned, prior to the requested engagement,” the OPM statement also read.