Sanitation contractors threaten strike action over non-payment

The contractors work with the Central Board of Health (CBH) and Public Works Department (PWD).

“Arwe nar work til’ arwe get pay!” one of the affected contractors warned, on condition of anonymity, in an interview with OBSERVER media yesterday.

Several others who were later contacted, verified they, too, had not been paid and if no money is disbursed today, then they are going to down tools.

“We won’t be taking any small amount of the total. We want them to pay the five weeks they owe us, because they still have monies for us for October. We are prepared to strike right down into Carnival because we are not going to allow ourselves to be used any longer,” the contractor said.

The sanitation workers said they were first assured they would’ve been paid last Friday, but that did not happen. They said they were then told to return on July 15, but when they enquired at the Treasury about their monies yesterday, the word was that no payment would be made that day.

One contractor, who said he called the Treasury, said he was not given a date to return for his money, which, he said, is well over $15,000.


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