By Fareeza Haniff
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Administrator of the Walter Rodney Commission, Hugh Denbow has made it clear that employees of the Walter Rodney Commission of Inquiry (COI) will not be paid if they do not have contracts.
Ten employees from the Verbatim Reporting Unit of the COI were last paid in March 2015 and have been complaining about their salaries for the months of April, May and June, claiming they were at the office even though there was nothing to do.
The employees claim they were promised to be paid but Denbow during a telephone interview with iNews on Tuesday, August 18 explained that the contracts for those employees expired on March 31 and that they have not worked since. He clarified that the government cannot process payments for those who do not have contracts and he cannot pay for work that was not done.
“Could you ask them if they have a contract for the period?…we cannot pay or process payments without a contract…they are asking for payments from 1st April; they did not work 1st April, they don’t have a contract for that period. My position is that all of them, their contracts expired 31st of March, that’s when the commission went out of hearing for election, therefore there was no contract; there was no work and as far as I’m concerned, there is no payment,” Denbow told iNews.
Denbow pointed out that payment is being processed for those employees who signed contracts for the month of July and they are expected to be paid on Wednesday, August 19.
The new government brought a premature end to the COI, which held its final hearing on July 27.