Government currently owes employees of the hurricane-ravaged Prospect Reef Resort more than $150,000 in outstanding wages but said it plans to settle the near-one year debt in a few weeks.
Premier Andrew Fahie made that disclosure while answering questions from Third District Representative Julian Fraser in the House of Assembly on Thursday, July 25.
“The amount of money outstanding to the employees of Prospect Reef is $171,834.78 and that covers all of the employees. This represents wages owed from August 2018 to present,” said the Premier who is also the Minister responsible for Finance.
While noting that the matter was neither given proper attention nor was the monies owed included in the 2019 budget, the Finance Minister said his government is ‘working tirelessly’ to ensure the issue is rectified by next month.
“All efforts are being exhausted to have all employees of Prospect Reef, who are owed, to be paid in full by the end of August 2019,” Premier Fahie said.
What do these employees do at the rundown facility?
Considering that the state-owned facility is in an extremely dilapidated condition and is not operational, Fraser then inquired about the duties of these persons who he said were still employed at the resort.
The Premier replied that the safest answer was for him to say: “A review of the organisational and operational structure of Prospect Reef is currently being undertaken in order to determine a more economical way forward.”
This is not the first time that government has owed monies to employees of the resort. According to the 2018 Standing Finance Committee report, the then NDP government had approved a grant of $261,000 to pay severance to employees and to settle outstanding bills management had incurred.
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