Attorney General Steadroy “Cutie” Benjamin has been charged by Prime Minister Gaston Browne to provide recommendations to the Cabinet of Antigua and Barbuda as it relates to the overall operations at the Industrial Court.
PM Browne made these suggestions to Benjamin on Thursday during a sitting of the Lower House of Parliament after joining with the Leader of the Opposition, Jamale Pringle, who initially itemised the inefficiencies of the court.
During his contribution to the Amendments to the Labour Code, Pringle called on the government to put measures in place so that cases brought before the court could be fast-tracked.
“Let’s see how these cases can be expedited so that persons don’t end up losing their homes because when they are entitled to whatever is due to them because of the system, they don’t get it. Some of them don’t even live to get what is due to them.
“I am calling on the Attorney General to look into this seriously because it is a concern for many of my constituents and a lot of this happened within the hotel sector,” Pringle said.
Browne also noted that members of the Court should be committed to the task at hand and perform.
“We cannot continue like this and I also want to say to the distinguished Attorney General that when these members are appointed to the Industrial Board, they must have the commitment to perform. I think the time has come for us to revamp the conditions at the Court and to make sure that they perform.
“If you have such an important institution, labor institution, and its members are lethargic, they themselves are helping to entrench a lethargic culture within the country,” Browne added.