The 9,000 monthly and daily-paid employees of the Tobago House of Assembly (THA) that are due arrears in their salary for the period 2008 to 2010 will have to wait a little longer due to the non receipt of funding from the Central Government.
The Assembly which was promised the funding this month only received $83 million of the approximate $350 million needed to make the payment to all the workers. The arrears of salary are as a result of new industrial agreements signed by the unions and the government Chief Personnel Officer.
Chief Secretary Orville London said on Wednesday that contrary to was being said the Assembly did not have the funds and did not want to create confusion by paying some of the workers. He said the Minister of Finance has promised to source the addition funds as early as possible in order to settle the debt.