Give us our severance payment and forget the Employment Rights Tribunal!
That is the cry of frustrated former National Conservation Commission (NCC) workers who were severed six months ago and are yet to have their case heard by the tribunal.
General Secretary of the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW) Dennis Clarke told the media at a Press conference at the union’s headquarters today that several workers have expressed dissatisfaction with the length of time they have been waiting for recourse.
“There is that level of frustration that they are saying ‘forget the tribunal, they owe us severance and let us go’,” he said.
“Some of them are of the view that the establishment does not want to re-engage them or reinstate them. They think that this long delay is a whole tactic being employed by the administration. So the workers are saying ‘look, give me what you owe me’. I would like them to want to be re-engaged taking into consideration the current economic situation.”
Clarke, who is scheduled to retire at the end of next month, told members of the media that “his understanding from reliable sources indicates that the tribunal will soon begin its work”.
Giving NCC workers a ray of hope, the veteran trade unionist said: “NUPW cases are number two in the line up, but how soon that will be we cannot say, but at least we have that to hold on to.”