Sports show host axed from ABS

The host of “Touch Line Sports Show” reportedly found out about his termination, which took effect on July 28 when he went to the bank to collect his pay cheque last week.

ABS Shop Steward Jermaine Kentish, said Edwards first obtained a copy of a dismissal letter when he visited the Treasury to make further inquires about his salary.

“When he went to enquire about his salary that was when he was shown a letter saying he was terminated on July 28, and he was so shocked,” Kentish said.

The letter of dismissal came days after the former national football player participated in a protest by staff at State Media.

The workers stayed off the job for brief periods last week as they continued to agitate for the immediate removal of General Manager Erna Mae-Braithwaite and the withdrawal of the Kentish’s transfer.

Kentish was transferred to the Ministry of Health following a series of public spat with Information Minister Melford Nicholas.

The shop steward said he does not know if the sacking was in any way linked to the protest action.

He is hoping a meeting today with Minister Nicholas will bring further clarity to the matter, and if not, Kentish said “there is going to be hell to pay”.

“We are not going to back down. We are not going to sit idly by and let them advantage ABS staff. It is time to stop the victimisation and look to the fact that we are all Antiguans & Barbudans,” Kentish said.

One of the most noted dismissals from ABS was that of Sign Language Interpreter Amarilla Henry, who was informed of a Cabinet decision, in a letter dated February 17, that she was being made redundant effective March 18.

 

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