16th March 2016
Information Minister Melford Nicholas says he is more than prepared to meet with the Antigua and Trades and Labour Union (AT&LU).
And nothing could be more further from the truth that he is dodging the union in trying to meet with him on a number of issues affecting employees.
The Minister, speaking to ABS News from St. Lucia where he is attending a Caribbean Telecommunications Union meeting, admits that his office received a letter dated 19th February from the union.
At the time it was delivered, Nicholas was out of the country and the letter asked for a meeting on the very same day it was received, which was the Monday 22nd February.
The Minister is of the view that it was well beyond reasonable expectation that a meeting could have been arranged on the very same day of receiving a letter.
He says this was communicated to the officer who reached out to him via social media, but it appears that she failed to explain this to Mr. Ralph Potter.
Nicholas says he offered a new date for the meeting on Friday but the union was a no show.
The Information Minister is standing firm behind his record of achievement for state media and has once again assured that he is working assiduously to not only deliver the highest broadcast standards to the nation but to provide the best conditions of work to employees.
When he gets back from St. Lucia he said, he is more than prepared to meet with the union on Monday.
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