The People’s Progressive Party (PPP) on Monday called on the APNU+AFC administration to find jobs for the more than 80 employees who were fired at the privately owned, Toucan Call Centre. in Linden.
The company reportedly shut down its operations without notice in August, leaving more than 80 persons jobless.
General Secretary of the opposition Party, Clement Rohee said the government’s expression of concern and talks of action means nothing to the workers at this time.
He accused the administration of “dragging its feet on the matter”.
Rohee used the occasion to criticize the government for reducing the Ministry of Labour to a department and argued that under such circumstances, these issues are bound to surface with little resolution.
He demanded that the government heed the call of the workers. Rohee said Trade Unionists Lincoln Lewis and David Hinds along with Ministers Simona Broomes and Volda Lawrence must speak out on the matter and have it resolved soonest.
Broomes had visited the bauxite town earlier in September after receiving the complaints of the fired workers. She said she was shocked to find out that the company had been flouting a number of labour laws under the PPP government and she claimed that all of the company’s documents and records for the workers are in St. Kitts.
The Ministry of Social Protection launched a full probe of the company operations and the fired workers started to receive their severance packages.