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Sanitation workers strike

George says the workers’ action surprised even the union, but that they have its full support.

The workers also have the support of Chief Health Inspector Lionel Michael.

He says they shouldn’t be going without pay today, adding that an administrative foul up rather than government cash flow is at fault.

And who does the chief health inspector blame for the foul up?

Michael says nothing more than a lax attitude among even senior officers of the health ministry is the reason garbage has gone uncollected today.

Finance Minister Harold Lovell has agreed with Michael that administration rather than cash flow led to the strike.

By Antigua Trades and Labour Union’s estimate, about 700 workers are affected.

There’s another aspect to this story. The strike over pay has coincided with one among sanitation workers at Cooks Sanitary Landfill. Observer Radio’s Theresa Gordon, who went there, says workers were upset by what they view as unfair promotion of a staff member to the post of acting supervisor.

 

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