Port workers to receive 2.5 percent bonus following meeting that disrupted services

What may have been a gruelling two-hour wait for residents wishing to conduct business at the port yesterday, resulted in some positives for Port Authority workers who will be receiving a 2.5 percent bonus in the coming days. The employees halted work for around two hours on Wednesday morning and demanded an immediate meeting with management on the issue of bonuses and other industrial relations matters that have been on the table for some time.

During the meeting, residents who were hoping to clear barrels, boxes and conduct other business, stood outside in the blazing sun as they waited patiently to hear whether or not they would be able to complete their activities. A few of them also left after expressing frustration about the process and the fact that they were getting little or no information from security personnel who were telling everyone at the entry gate to wait under the tent as no one was being allowed to enter.

Things returned to normal shortly before 11am when the meeting with the workers concluded. CEO of the Antigua Port Authority Darwin Telemaque  said  that yesterday was the deadline for the conclusion of a series of talks on the annual bonuses for 2021 and the meeting was held in this regard. He said following talks with the workers and representatives of both the Antigua Barbuda Workers Union (ABWU) and the Antigua Trades and Labour Union (AT&LU), all parties accepted the 2.5 percent bonus offered made by port management.

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