by Kevon Browne
St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN): Fifty workers at the Solid Waste Management Corporation (SWMC) were approved for payment of an honorarium, that is according to a statement from the Ministries of Sustainable Development, Climate Action, Environment and Constituency Empowerment.
The statement shared that the 50 workers will be paid $2000 on Friday, November 11.
The statement reads, “Minister responsible for SWMC, Hon Dr. Joyelle Clarke said she is thankful that the process has been completed which now allows for the 50 workers to be compensated for their invaluable services during the COVID-19 pandemic.
During previous meetings with the staff of the Corporation, Minister Clarke assured the workers that their concerns related to their services during the pandemic were valid and would be addressed.
The paid workers include litter wardens, drivers and loaders whose jobs included collection and disposal of waste from residences and government-run facilities that housed persons infected with COVID-19 or who were in quarantine.
The Cabinet recently approved the payment of an honorarium to qualifying persons deemed Frontline Workers.”
On November 3, Social Activist Duncan ‘Big Lice’ Wattley shared his concern about the SWMC workers being excluded from the first honorarium payment paid on October 31.
Wattley ultimately questioned the treatment of garbage collectors. The social commentator said the SWMC workers represented Frontline workers in his opinion as they were exposed to a higher probability of contracting the COVID-19 virus as they were interacting with other people’s waste.
The payment of honorariums was a campaign promise by the St. Kitts -Nevis Labour Party ahead of the August 5 National Assembly Election