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Workers’ Union says Senator Clarke demanding more than he deserves

Published:Monday | July 22, 2013 | 12:15 PM

The National Workers’ Union (NWU) says the payment of outstanding monies owed to former executive, Senator Navel Clarke has stalled because Clarke is claiming more than he deserves.

NWU vice-president, Granville Valentine, says based on calculations by the union, the former general secretary is owed about $400,000 but this has been rejected by Clarke who is demanding more than $1.4 million.

He says Clarke should have taken steps, given his authority as general secretary, to claim amounts due to him.

However, Valentine says the matter will be dealt with in a fair manner subject to the decisions of the union’s board.

Senator Clarke says the sum covered the 25 months when he acted as general secretary before retiring in April 2011.

He has argued that the NWU has ignored meetings at the Ministry of Labour to discuss a settlement and has asked that the matter be referred to the Industrial Disputes Tribunal.

The veteran trade unionist spent more than 25 years at the NWU.


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