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Long wait ‘likely’

BARRY ALLEYNE, barryalleyne@nationnews.com

Added 04 December 2018

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Senator Caswell Franklyn (FILE)

Former workers of the Barbados Water Authority (BWA) may be in for a long wait before getting their severance pay.

And according to outspoken president of the Unity Workers’ Union, Senator Caswell Franklyn, the rights of those workers retrenched last week are not being properly addressed due to incorrect interpretation of the law.

He said retrenched workers would have to face a tribunal of the National Insurance Scheme (NIS) to determine just how much severance was paid, and that process could take as long as two years.

“I do not know that any tribunals at the NIS have been appointed to hear these cases. Each person who applies for severance payments from the NIS has to go through that process and decide if they get benefits or not. In the last ten years I don’t know of any case where that took less than two years,” Franklyn said in an interview with THE NATION on Tuesday. (BA)

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