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Labor Minister says by law Government cannot pay retrenched workers

Labor Minister says by law Government cannot pay retrenched workers

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Minister of Labour and Small and Micro Enterprise Development, Jennifer Baptiste-Primus

There are possibly many more recently unemployed people than the government is aware of.

Minister of Labour and Small and Micro Enterprise Development Jennifer Baptiste-Primus speaking this morning with the media, stated that companies may not be reporting retrenchments, and so unemployment figures may actually be much higher than the figures show.

She noted that any company retrenching more than 5 workers at a time has a duty to inform her ministry when they take such action.

Baptiste-Primus went on to clarify that the government, by law, cannot pay severance benefits to retrenched workers.

Minister of Labour and Small and Micro Enterprise Development, Jennifer Baptiste-Primus

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    The mighty Trinifeak 2 years

    The government is paying the minister a big salary. Her task is to use her brain in order to assist workers.Yes, this woman has a head for the hairdresser, but she should use her head to find solutions for unemployed people.There are many possibilities. 1.Force businesses by law to pay severence benefits to retrenched workers.2. Have a compulsory unemployment insurance for all empoyeees.There are many more examples what a minister should do apart from going to the hairdresser.

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    Jerry Hussain 2 years

    I keep saying in all of the Commonwealth countries except Ours, companies are required to pay severance payments whenever they decide the job the worker has is redundant through no fault of the worker. But in our country whenever the companies act ( even with non payments of ours forwarded to NIS) our PNM government feels they can wash their hands and look the other way. THIS LABOUR MINISTER SHOULD KNOW BETTER. I NOW KNOW WHAT DUKE WAS UP AGAINST. NEVERTHELESS I ASK WHAT PROTECTIONS WRT LABOUR ESPECIALLY AGAINST FOREIGN BUSINESSMEN THEY PNM GREASE THEIR HANDS. What is IN PLACE FOR THE CITIZENs OF THIS COUNTRY, to protect us from these scamming foreigners like Mittal. I hear nothing from Ken Gorden (HE BELIEVES WE FORGET WHO BROUGHT THIS CONMAN HERE). Mittal has companies elsewhere making huge profits off the backs of our workers. Not withstanding YARA TRINIDAD refused to pay me my $1.3 million severance for 28.5 years of service when I was injured in Tringen 11 plant 51% owned by my government. When I sued them in our courts they lied to the court and to prevent that lie from being discovered in the pending trial in 2005-2009 they paid off the judge to terminate my witness statement.