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Labour pains

Dawne Parris

Labour pains

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The Minister responsible for protecting workers’ rights is now herself in the midst of a labour dispute that has the potential to end up in court.
Minister of Labour Dr Esther Byer-Suckoo has been accused of firing her personal assistant (PA) Alicia Deane in December last year, after four years of service, without giving a reason and withholding the E-3 form (green paper) which she needs to claim unemployment benefits.
Deane, who said she has been a supporter of the ruling Democratic Labour Party (DLP) for 26 years, has retained attorney at law Mia Mottley.
While Mottley said she preferred not to comment on legal matters in the Press, Deane told the SUNDAY SUN in an interview that the lawyer, who is also an Opposition Member of Parliament, had written to the minister in March, requesting a response within 14 days.
Read the full story in today’s SUNDAY SUN.