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City Corp workers demand outstanding wages

Published: 
Friday, November 10, 2017
President of the Amalgamated Workers Union Michael Prentice

President General of the Amalgamated Workers Union Michael Prentice is calling for daily rated workers of the Port-of-Spain City Corporation to be paid outstanding salaries otherwise this can result in them downing of tools.

Prentice said some 1,500 workers were being affected. He said the monies owed amounted to some $4 million.

The union also called on Finance Minister Colm Imbert to intervene, saying most of the workers were single mothers.

Speaking at a press conference held yesterday Prentice said the union was informed via a release that monies from the Finance Ministry was not forthcoming. He described this an untenable.

“We want everyone to understand the trickling down effect as a result of this. As a union we have tried to stay away from any disturbances at this time given the economical situation of the country but we would not be held responsible in the event workers choose to take a certain position given the fact that they worked and were not paid,” he said.

Calling for workers to be paid immediately Prentice said the workers were at the “lowest end of the spectrum,” adding that the authorities must understand that they live “from pay check- to- pay check.”

“We are fortunate that these workers remove all debris and all garbage from the streets of the city. The union will not be held responsible in the event if anything goes wrong.

“We need the powers that be to understand the seriousness of the trickling down effect this could have,” Prentice reiterated.

In the event that salaries were not paid soon Prentice said a “mass membership meeting” would then be held.

“We would be seeking the guidance of the membership before we would be making any decisions,” Prentice added.

When contacted an official from the Finance Ministry assured that the outstanding monies would be paid.