THA: No plans to cut Tobago URP workers
The Tobago House of Assembly (THA) denied allegations that 500 workers would be cut from its Unemployment Relief Programme (URP) in Tobago.
In a statement shared to the THA's Facebook page on Monday, the Division of Infrastructure, Quarries and the Environment said there is currently no plan to cut any of the 1578 verified persons employed with the Unemployment Relief Programme Tobago.
"This is in relation to a newspaper report of plans to dismiss workers which is causing distress and worry among the Tobago population."
"In fact, the DIQE is in the process of strategically refocusing URP with a view of training and empowering persons to become skilled and consequently self-sufficient."
"When the URP programme resumes on March 1st 2018, persons will be placed in the Agriculture, Furniture Workshop and Carpentry and Joinery Programmes for training and development," the Division said.
Couva North MP Ramona Ramdial said in a release issued Sunday that there may have been retrenchments to the Tobago URP programme, as she lamented the difficulties facing the Tobago sea and air bridge.