PRESS RELEASE – Ministry of Social Protection remedies twenty-year-old injustice inflicted on two government employees

September 25, 2019

Ministry of Social Protection remedies twenty-year-old injustice inflicted on two government employees

Who would have thought that an act of unfair dismissal executed against two employees of a government agency twenty (20) years ago would have been corrected today?  This is exactly what has resulted from an in-depth investigation conducted by the Ministry of Social Protection.  Among other things, it was found that managerial indecency was at root of the dismissal of the two employees from the National Frequency Management Unit (NFMU).

The two senior managers in the persons of Keith Griffith and Robert Ross had been dismissed in 1998 under “questionable circumstances”.  Rather than seek redress through the courts, they appealed internally to H.E. President David Granger who referred the matter to the subject Ministry which is the Ministry of Public Telecommunications which then collaborated with the Ministry of Social Protection to resolve the matter.

The two Ministries investigated the complaints which required the examination of available historical records which were more than a decade old, and interviewed relevant personnel, some of whom were already retired.  No evidence was unearthed to justify or substantiate the actions taken against these employees.

The Ministry of Social Protection, in pursuit of justice, concluded that a grave wrong had been done to the two men and therefore submitted that the dismissal should not be allowed to stand.  The recommended course of action is compensation, and that recommendation has been endorsed by the Attorney General’s Chambers.

Thus, the Ministry of Social Protection is delighted to announce that the recommendation has been implemented.

The Ministry of Social Protection has also emphasized that no matter how long it takes, it will always ensure that injustices inflicted on any worker at any level, whether in the Private or Public Sector, are remedied so that workers’ rights and dignities could be maintained and sustained within the parameters of Justice.  In fact, every citizen and worker deserves a chance at ‘A Good Life’.

The MoSP’s Report emanating from this investigation will be officially handed over to the Ministry of Public Telecommunications at 11.00 hrs on Thursday September 26 in the Boardroom at Colgrain House, 205 Camp St, Georgetown.



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