The Minister of Labour and the Public Service, the Hon. Pia Glover-Rolle gave an update on payment for participants in the government’s 52 weeks job program.

Glover-Rolle told reporters on Monday, “the last payment was made last week Tuesday and the next payment was due Friday, so it’s going to be paid today.  We are, as I’ve said so many times before, working on a process of digitization so that this historic, the legacy issues of 52 Week workers and workers in general having to wait on pay can be done away with.  In terms of our payroll issues, its still manual, its still multi-agency in terms of Public Service does our part, the Ministry of Finance and of course the Treasury has to do their part.  So we are trying to work through the kinks.”

The Minister also said, “we’ll be in meetings this week, all of our departments and agencies, to ensure that when the next payroll comes that there won’t be this issue.  I take exception to us having issues of late payment with our workers.  So its gotten better but it shouldn’t be happening at all.”