Where is the JEEP?
THE EDITOR, Sir:
The poor workers of Central Clarendon have been waiting, hungrily, some for as long as 20 weeks, to be paid by the contractors who have completed work on Chateau Road, Plaza Drive, and Farm.
Certainly the Government is aware that the poorest of the poor have never, in the trade union history of Jamaica, had to wait longer than 21 days for payment of common labour.
It is time we call this Government to book on mere words and no deeds. How can we continue to have China Harbour Engineering Company fail to pay without explanation? It is obvious that JEEP - the Jamaica Emergency Employment Programme - is a failed programme when it comes to respect for the Jamaican poor and their economic needs.
The time is approaching when the people must demand answers and accountability. I call on the JEEP secretariat, the National Works Agency, and Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing to act now and relieve the suffering of the workers.
MIKE HENRY (MP)