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Ex-diplomats not paid, MP claims

Monday, October 16, 2017

Naparima MP Rodney Charles claims former diplomats who served during the People’s Partnership have not been paid terminal benefits owed to them since they left office after the last General Election.

In a statement yesterday, the Opposition MP said the former diplomats had served in Geneva, the United States, Jamaica, Uganda, Nigeria and other places.

He said some of them have decades of experience in the diplomatic service and have been pleading for more than two years for outstanding gratuity payments, relocation allowances, payments for leave not taken, and where applicable hardship allowances.

“Many of these ambassadors, High Commissioners and Consuls General have commitments including children’s tertiary education, medical expenses, house repairs, and all the stresses experienced by senior citizens in this “Imbertian” world of daily struggles to survive,” Charles said.

“One former diplomat had to get down on her knees and literally beg for a loan from a bank to support her child studying abroad while this government refuses to honour its obligations.”

He said some of the diplomats have taken, or are contemplating taking, legal action but would prefer that the Rowley led administration do what is honourable and right.