Monday, April 22, 2024

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THE?SCORES of workers of the Drainage Division who were controversially placed on the breadline at yearend have finally collected their green papers that entitle them to collect unemployment benefits.
Workers received their papers yesterday just after midday at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre after attending a lengthy meeting with Prime Minister Freundel Stuart, Minister of the Environment and?Drainage Dr Denis Lowe, Minister of Labour Dr Esther Byer Suckoo and Minister of Social Care Steve Blackett.
Stuart acknowledged that the issue surrounding the sacking of the 300 plus workers should have been handled better.
“I myself was not terribly amused at the way in which the matter was handled at the end of the year, but given all of the information that was drawn to my attention, I fully appreciated that the Ministry of the Civil Service and the Ministry of the Environment found themselves in a fairly tight time schedule.
“So I felt that I needed to express my regret to the workers that the matter was handled as untidily as it was in fact handled,” he said.


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