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Solid waste authority faces $100m problem

Published:Thursday | October 10, 2013 | 8:50 AM

The National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) is struggling to find more than $100 million to pay scores of former employees who have brought successful cases of wrongful dismissal against the agency.



The company is facing at least 42 cases of wrongful dismissal at this time.



And Jennifer Edwards, the executive director of the NSWMA said the industrial relations cases amount to $120 million.



She told members of the Public Administration and Appropriations Committee yesterday that she is concerned the NSWMA could be called upon to pay the sum all at once.



Edwards says the agency has had to enter into payment plans with the court or the dismissed employees.



However, even as the solid waste management body grapples with that situation, the issue of wage payment for more than 170 senior citizens it employs, remains.



The NSWMA boss says the agency has sought assistance from the Ministry of Finance to provide ex gratia payment for the elderly workers.



According to Edwards, the finance ministry has said the workers who are involved in public cleansing should be paid from the Parochial Revenue Fund.



However, Edwards says the Fund is used primarily to defray costs associated with streetlights.





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