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Nov 24, 2009

Sanitation worker says she needs her job back before X-Mas

Story PictureBut if the City Council can’t meet even one seventh of its contractual agreement, then how will it meet the full arrangement of seventy thousand dollars a week? There doesn’t seem to be an answer in sight and as they say while the grass grows, the horse starves. We found one of those workers at home on Tibruce Street today and she was hoping to go back to work soon as Christmas is quickly approaching.

Faith Flores, Sent Home Since Monday
“Nineteenth just gone, we totally bruk. Now Krismus di come, what about dehn one weh have lotta children? I eena mi own house. How about dehn one weh wah pay house rent? How about dehn one wid four, five, six pickney wid no father? How dehn ladies wah handle it fi di Krismus? How me wid mi grandchildren weh I have to give toys to, things weh I do every year? How can I meet that demand? You can’t tell kids no, yoh noh have.”

Lawrence Ellis
“This contract that we have now is a completely new contract drawn up by this City Council when they slashed the contract in half and came up with new scope of work. This is a completely new contract that we are working on. The Council sat down and had all their advisors and they came up the figure they said they can afford. They told us basically this is what we can afford, take it or leave it. And we decided to take it. So for them to come and say now that they can’t afford it because of what they are doing there is totally unfair to us. At the end of the day the Council does not have a plan as to the way forward.”

Ellis appeals to Central Government to intervene and pacify the situation for both the City and his employees.

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