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More workers protest non-payment


SHERRYLYN CLARKE, [email protected]

More workers protest non-payment

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UPSET former employees of the now defunct Beautify Barbados were outside the Ministry of Environment, Warrens, St Michael, today seeking answers.

They said it had been six months since they had been retrenched and the unemployment benefits were about to end, but they were still without what they feel is owed to them.

“They cut our 20 per cent gratuity to 10 per cent without a reason in 2002 and we didn’t even know until we joined the union [National Union of Public Workers] and when we questioned it, they said it was across the board. They used our ignorance against us,” said Alex Gibson.

Around 15 people gathered out of the 54 workers although they said more had promised to come.

Word from inside the ministry indicated the permanent secretary was in a meeting so the workers vowed to return on Friday with a larger, more organised effort. (CA)

 

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