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Call for interim payment

Maria Bradshaw

Call for interim payment

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The National Union of Public Workers (NUPW) wants the Employee Rights Tribunal to pay retrenched workers of the National Conservation Commission (NCC) an interim payment equivalent to their severance pay until their appeal case is heard.

Senior industrial relations officer Wayne Walrond made the call yesterday when he met with close to 70 displaced workers who vehemently complained about the time it was taking for the tribunal to hear the case.

About 200 former workers of the NCC appealed to the tribunal after they were sent home, claiming unfairness in the selection system. However, the tribunal has not heard any matters since it was installed a year ago.

While noting that the retrenched workers were no longer receiving unemployment benefits, Walrond said it would be unfair to ask them to drop their case with the tribunal.

Please read the full story in today’s Daily Nation, or in the eNATION edition.