Make your own free website on


St. Kitts sugar workers take home $4million in holiday pay

Home of the Caribbean
Carib News Now Caribbean representatives
Caribbean Love Connection
Trinidad-click flag
Grenada-click flag
St. Kitt's-click flag
Jamaica-click flag
Bermuda-click flag
Bahamas-click flag
Barbados-click flag
St. Vincent-click flag
St. Lucia-click flag
Cayman Islands
Dominica- click flag
Cuba-click flag
Antigua-click flag
Special offer
Links worldwide
Caribbean recipes
Letters to the editor
Caribbean Jokes
African penpals looking for Caribbean friends
Contact us
August 13 Basseterre St. Kitts: Workers in the sugar industry took home just over EC$4 million for their final week’s pay, holiday pay and other bonuses when they were paid on Friday 5th August. Overseas workers who were paid similar benefits on Wednesday July 27th took home close to $1 million, said government officials.

Financial Controller at the St. Kitts Sugar Manufacturing Corporation (SSMC), Mr. Oswald Martin said that local workers shared a total of EC$4,058,200 excluding severance pay and overseas workers, EC$777,394.

In a meeting with sugar workers prior to the official closure of the sugar industry, St. Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister Dr. Denzil  Douglas said the final total payout to end the industry is expected to be approximately EC$44 million.

Dr. Douglas told hundreds of sugar workers during a meeting at the Factory Social Centre, that his St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party Administration has accepted the 1961 Agreement, which calls for long service workers in the field and factory to be paid severance of 104 weeks instead of the 52 weeks legislated by law in the 1986 Protection of Employment Act passed by the former People’s Action Movement Administration.
The 104 weeks severance payment will be paid in two installments. The first payment will meet the requirement of 52 weeks in compliance with the 1986 Protection of Employment Act and will be paid during the second week of September. That will be paid in six weeks and not in 12 weeks as stipulated under the 1986 Act. The second payment will be paid before or in December.

Dr. Douglas said sugar workers who retired since 1975 and who went home without any gratuity or pension, will also be paid now get a gratuity when the monies are paid.

Carib News Now is dedicated to providing news and daily updates to its customers. Now, Caribbean people where ever you maybe have an opportunity to let your voices be heard as well as share your experiences with the world. E-Mail:
NB: No part of the content on this site should be used without the written permission of the publisher. Copyright 2005, all rights reserved.

powered by lycos
SEARCH:Tripod The Web