The Barbados Government has announced it is offering a helping hand to just under 100 displaced Barbadian former workers of LIAT.

They are to get some relief by early next week.

The decision was made following an hour-and-a-half-long Zoom meeting with dozens of the former employees who have been waiting for well over a year for entitlements from the regional airline.

Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley promised that each person would receive a one-off gift of 2 thousand dollars by Friday —  or early next week, at the latest.

She says this gift, provided by central Government will give authorities time to put other measures in place that would offer further relief over a much longer period.

The statement adds that all Barbadian former LIAT employees who were based in Barbados, paid contributions into the local National Insurance Scheme, and are therefore entitled to severance will now benefit from expedited hearings by the NIS Tribunal.

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