School maxi drivers assured payment after shutdown threat
Education Minister Anthony Garcia has sought to assure scores of school maxi taxi drivers that they will be paid their outstanding arrears by Monday afternoon.
Garcia’s assurance comes as the drivers have threatened a shutdown.
The drivers say they will not return to work until the issue is resolved.
However, the Education Minister assured they will be paid, as he responded to a question from Mayaro MP Rushton Paray in House of Representatives on Monday, regarding the status of the payments.
“We have been assured that we have the necessary funds, so that all our maxi taxi drivers can be paid once we receive the invoices and once they are verified,” he said.
The Minister said payments for March should be made by this afternoon.
“The position with respect to payment for services rendered by the maxi taxi drivers is as follows: For March 2018, we had received permission from the comptroller of accounts to cut the check and that has been done and I’ve been assured that the payment should be in the banks of the maxi taxi drivers by this afternoon,” the Education Minister assured.
As for the month of April and May, Garcia explained there were some delays.
“For April 2018, invoices were received from PTSC but there were some adjustments to be made. PTSC has to resubmit the invoices with the necessary corrections. In May, invoices were submitted to the Ministry of Education by PTSC on Sunday, that is, yesterday. We had our staff working assiduously and at this point, I’ve been told that to thirds of these invoices have been completed and whatever adjustments needed to be made, those were made.”
The Education Minister added that the Ministry received invoices for the months of June and July on Sunday, but noted that some of the submissions were incomplete.
“For June and July, again we received invoices yesterday from PTSC. In some instances, submissions were incomplete. For example, claims from drivers in the south were not received. We have contacted the PTSC asking them to get into contact with the drivers in the southern area so they can submit their invoices,” he explained.
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