The Government has been called on to honor its promise to pay members of the protective services monies owed for back pay, by the end of this month.
At a press conference yesterday heads of the various associations revealed that the members have been losing their patience.
President of the Prison Officers’ Association (POA) Ceron Richards and President of the Fire Services Association (FSA) Leo Ramkissoon chaired the conference at the Fire Services Association’s office in Port-of-Spain.
They said that a promise was made on payment of 50 percent of back pay owed, in some cases since 2008, by the end of this month.
However, this promise may not be met because permission has not been given to the Ministry of Finance to release funds to the Fire, Prison and Police Services.
Richards yesterday explained that if Minister of Finance Colm Imbert did not release the funds by today, they would not receive the funds owed to them – from previous wage negotiations – by the end of the month, as previously promised.
Richards added that the process was a simple but important one to have the necessary funds transferred to the coffers of the protectives services so that the officers could be paid.