The Water and Sewage Authority is denying claims that 600 contract employees received retrenchment notices from the utility.
The utility has instead confirmed that 31 short term contract employees did not have their contracts renewed by the authority.
In a media release, WASA said its daily-rated workers held a planned and peaceful meeting with representatives of their bargaining union – National Union of Government and Federated Workers (NUGFW), at the Authority’s Head Office, St. Joseph, today, quelling rumors of a protest at the utility’s headquarters.
WASA says the 31 contract workers were dismissed as a result of the fact that the projects they had been employed to work on, had come to an end effective January 31st, February 15th, March 21st, 2016 respectively.
WASA says following the recent development involving the presentation and encashment of sixty-seven (67) fraudulent cheques valued at $416,395.50 which were purported to have been issued by the Authority, WASA has commenced a review of the financial business processes of the organization, in an effort to ensure greater controls in its operations.
WASA says arising from this review, all cheques issued by the Authority will be crossed, effective from March 8th.
It was noted that The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service is continuing its investigations in the matter and thus far a 28 year old man from Freeport has been charged with presenting false WASA cheques to several RBC Banks.
He is currently on $75,000.00 bail, after appearing in the Port of Spain First Magistrates Court on March 7th.