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Pay us our gratuity, please

Monday, March 5, 2018

This is an open plea to Education Minister to release the gratuities owed to hundreds of former contract workers of the Ministry of Education.

At least 350 former contract workers are still awaiting their gratuity payment from 2015 onwards. On signing a contract with the said Ministry, the employee is promised 20 per cent of the entire contract, in lump sum payment, upon completion of employment. Former employees of this Ministry are still awaiting their payments, three years after their contracts have ended. Why does one have to wait at least three years to receive a gratuity which is assured to the employee upon services rendered?

Former contract employees are tired of hearing the same old excuses. Some of these excuses are that not all documentation, such as the completion of appraisals, were submitted to the Human Resources Division in a timely fashion; there is a backlog of persons awaiting their gratuity; the Government simply cannot afford to pay everyone their gratuity etc.

Many former employees are without contracts and cannot find employment. This gratuity payment would obviously be able to sustain them in the meantime while they seek employment elsewhere. Nowhere else in the world does one have to wait three years to receive payment after a contract has ended. I beg you to help us secure our gratuity so that we too can have peace of mind.

Leanna Clarke,


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