Saturday 18 November, 2017

Protesting reforestation workers to receive $22.4M in unpaid wages

The Agriculture Ministry is seeking to assure over 2000 National Reforestation workers that they will be paid in full by the end of September 2017.

A statement from the Ministry noted that Cabinet, on Thursday, approved $22.4 million to settle all outstanding wages due to these workers.

Agriculture, Land and Fisheries Minister Clarence Rambharat assured that ‘the settlement of all outstanding wages will be treated with a matter of urgency.’

The Minister further thanked the workers for their patience and aplogised ‘for the delay in the payment of wages’.

Meanwhile, the Ministry noted that since October 2016, they avoided the problem of delayed payments on a monthly basis to the workers; however, said recent delays were due to a lack of funds for the programme.

Last year, National Reforestation workers staged protests on San Fernando Hill over unpaid salaries. They complained that they were unable to buy food for their families, pay utility bills, or buy books for the upcoming school term.