The Port Police officers who have been severed from their jobs will receive their full severance pay, Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves says.
Gonsalves was asked to respond this week to statements by Opposition Leader, Arnhim Eustace that the Port Police officers would not be paid for their first two years of employment.
Eustace said he had seen a letter given to workers and noted that the non-payment for their first two years of employment was contrary to an amendment to the severance pay law earlier this year.
Parliament changed the law to make it clear that workers are entitled to severance pay from their first day on the job.
“The Port Authority is more important than the Parliament? The Port Authority can make law?” Eustace said, in reference to the letter given to the Port Police officers.
But Gonsalves said that the letter given to the workers had a wrong calculation, which has since been corrected.
He said while he has not seen any of the letters, he had seen the reports in the media.
“And then I said this has to be an error. And then I was told by the persons at the Port responsible for this that there was an error but it was corrected,” he said.
Gonsalves further said that never in a million years will his government short change workers on their severance pay.