Editorial Staff

Editorial Staff

ABWU and Rotary Club Antigua educate Young Workers on Their Rights.

The Antigua and Barbuda Workers Union has partnered with dozens of young people representing various civic organizations to educate them about their rights.

These youngsters are now better equipped to navigate the world of work following a recent training presentation by the Antigua and Barbuda Workers’ Union Youth Arm.

Rotary Club Antigua hosted the event which according to a statement from the ABWU, was aimed at enlightening young workers about their fundamental rights in the workplace.

Professional Service Director at Rotaract Antigua, Jennell Willette, said the session was critical, particularly for young individuals making their first entry into the world of work.

“Many times, young persons are exploited in their respective workplaces, and some do not even know about the Antigua and Barbuda Workers Union (ABWU), nor understand the service this institution provides. This session broadened their understanding and appreciation. So not only do they know more about their rights as employees but also about an institution that is committed to protecting their rights as young professionals,” Willette explained.

The topics covered during the presentation included Employee Documents, Discrimination, Probation, Holiday Pay, Sick Leave, Severance Pay, and Unfair Dismissal.

The participants said the sessions were very educational and informative.

“I would say the session was very informative. There may have been things that we knew before, but it was great to have Mr. Samuel elaborate on these things,” a participant said

Another participant explained that the workshop gave her the confidence to approach her employer on several issues. She added that it was reassuring to know that the Antigua and Barbuda Workers’ Union was there to provide guidance and representation to workers dealing with various grievances.

The Antigua and Barbuda Workers’ Union Youth Arm is a branch of the ABWU tasked with sensitizing young workers about their rights by conducting educational workshops and other outreach programs.


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