Solid Waste Several Weeks Behind On Payments


With grass cutters and drivers owed several weeks payment, the government agreed to make an extra payment to National Solid Waste workers before Christmas.

The Minister of Health made a special plea to the Cabinet to address outstanding overtime pay owed to this group of workers.

Each week, US$100,000 is paid over to NSW; however, that amount is not sufficient to meet all the monies due weekly.

The Cabinet agreed to address the overdue overtime by making extra payments but it is not certain whether this undisclosed sum will be enough to clear the backlog of payments.

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  1. Solid Waste operation with the grass cutting is an unsustainable expense. I have labeled it as carrying water to sea. You need to find another solution of maintaining the curbs and sidewalks of the roads. You cannot win from weed. You have many options to kill this weed and Cassie bush and wild tamarind bush. But you cannot indefinitely pay hundreds of men to cut weed and bush that when you cut it today a week later when a little rain falls you have to come back to cut it again. That is madness. And you do not have to tackle all the roads at once. Start with the main roads. Beautify the main roads like Airport Road, and Factory Road. Open gutters cause weed to grew in them. So why not close them in such a way that you can always get in there to clean it when the need is there. I see that on Old Parham Road.

  2. These workers play a VITAL role in the beautification and maintenance of our country. Please give them their due.

  3. It seems that Government cannot meet this payroll on a regular basis. I think the government need to put back the prisoners to clean up the side of all the main roads. I remembered growing up in the seventies and eighties it was prisoners who were cleaning the side of the roads in Antigua.

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