Press Release

Workers’ Power bolstered as Hughes is Appointed to Medical Benefits Board

Published On: Feb 02, 2024

Newly appointed member of the Medical Benefits Board, Chester Hughes, has pledged to represent workers' interests to the best of his ability as he commences a three-year tenure.

Hughes, who also serves as Deputy General Secretary of the Antigua and Barbuda Workers’ Union (ABWU) welcomed the appointment as another opportunity to serve workers. “Vigilance and engagement are the watchwords that will guide my tenure. Nothing gives me greater satisfaction than pursuing opportunities to uplift ordinary workers,” Hughes shared.

Chester Hughes - ABWU Deputy General Secretary

The veteran trade unionist has had extensive involvement in the local Labour Movement spanning almost 30 years. His credentials include training in Industrial Relations from the George Meany Institute in the United States along with certifications from Ruskin College in the United Kingdom. Hughes was particularly instrumental in the creation of a thrift fund for workers in the local hotel industry and the provisioning of medical insurance coverage as part of the employment terms for hotel workers.

ABWU General Secretary, David Massiah has expressed confidence in Hughes’s ability to serve on the Board. He noted that it was important for the Union and the workers to have effective representation with the body.

The Medical Benefits Board, established under the Medical Benefit Act No. 4 of 2010, comprises 11 members designated as Directors. According to the Act, the Board shall include three representatives of Labour, three from the Business community, three from the Health sector and the remainder appointed by the Cabinet. The Board administers the Medical Benefits Scheme and all funds of the Scheme are vested in the Board.