Wednesday, October 24, 2012

It's not $69 a day, Rambachan tells reporters

The Minister of Local Government said on Tuesday the $69 a day being offered to workers under the People and Projects for Progress programme is the same as other part-time jobs in his ministry. 

Suruj Rambachan made the point to reporters during a visit to the Tunapuna/Piarco Regional Corporation in relation to protests by residents of east Port-of-Spain who says $69 a day is not good enough.

Rambachan said, “It is not $69 per day." He said the amount is for four hours of work, which works out to be an average $17.25 an hour, which is $5 more than the minimum wage. 

“As far as I know, CEPEP workers get $89 a day and they work six hours a day. Nobody told them they are going to work eight hours a day and get paid $69. It is for four hours,” he said.

Rambachan said thousands of other part time workers get the same pay working fewer than eight hours a day.

He added, “It was a total misconception to say they are working for $69 a day. The difference is that the projects will be managed by the army and that is for several reasons, because the engineering battalion wants to develop more skilled people as a community outreach and do supervision and mentoring.”
Rambachan said the aim of the project is to help them earn money right away while getting to higher-paying jobs. 

He explained that the special project falls within the URP programme, which is providing funding for the scores of people employed in it.

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