Man protests in Basseterre to draw attention to his dilemma

Burroughs was an animal caretaker at the university, and according to his account, he was kicked twice in the right knee by a donkey he was handling. He described his injury as painful, with two broken cartilage within the knee, a situation he said is going to cost about $80,000 to remedy.

His concern is that Ross University does not intend to compensate him, and no help has been forthcoming from the Department of Labour.

“Thinking that they (Ross University) would compensate me, they told me that they are under no legal obligation whatsoever to make sure that I am fully compensated. It has been quite some time now. The matter is in Court, but the pain that I feel, and what I go through, no one knows it. No one understands it.

“I have bills that continue to pile up on me. I have tried to speak to too many people, and no one gave me an ear. This is my way of getting out to the public what has happened to me in 2012, and I continue to suffer today,” Burroughs explained.

He further explained that during the previous government administration, he visited the Department of Labour hoping for a solution to his problem.

“When I went to the Labour Department, they told me they are very sorry, but there is nothing they can do to help me. When I asked them what they mean by that, they said, because Ross University is doing enough for my country, and due to the fact that they are doing enough for my country, they cannot assist me. I said to them if Ross University is doing so much for my country, then I should be compensated, because without me, my country is nothing. They said, well, they’re sorry, but it’s like that, they said,” Burroughs disclosed.

Burroughs is bemoaning his situation, and his inability to deal with the major medical requirement to resolve his injury, and he explained that it has affected his life.

“I have been home for three years on sick leave. I cannot come up with $80,000, because of laws that we have here in the Federation, they are under no legal obligation to look after me, as they say, but to me, that is nonsense. I got injured while doing my job, not just being on the job, but doing my job, and for me to be out on disablement pension for twenty-one months, certified leave for almost three years, 34 months home, it’s not a life,” Burroughs lamented.

He indicated that he is not just looking out for himself, because other people got injured in the same incident on the afternoon of 13th July 2012.


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