More contractors are complaining that the Team Unity Government has not paid them for several weeks.
A week after Central Basseterre Member of Parliament, Hon Marcella Liburd called on Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Dr the Hon Timothy Harris, to pay the small contractors for services provided to his government, persons have made contact with a private citizen in an effort to get their money.
“Fox Rogers, can you believe the contractors who are building government houses (are) not getting paid on time. Sometimes we have to wait 3 to 4 weeks before we can get paid. And you think it’s nice having to run behind that man just to get him to sign a piece of paper so we can get paid,” Fox posted on his FaceBook page.
The info sent to Rogers continued: “It’s not a good feeling when you have to tell your workers no money there yet, so I can’t pay aw you this week. It doesn’t look good. These guys work hard and have families to support, and bills to pay just like them too. But you see, God don’t sleep because when they feel like is dem run things, he does find a way to humble them. Is people like them does give the government a bad name and then they want vex with you when you talk up for your rights.”
In her message to the Minister of Finance las week, Liburd, who is also Deputy Political Leader of the St Kitts-Nevis Labour Party (SKNLP) said small contractors in Central Basseterre want her to plead for them to get their pay. “They, along with other small contractors from other areas are involved in the Roof Repair Programme. They are questioning ‘why is it that small contractors are being so disrespected’,” Liburd said on Freedom 106.5 FM “Issues” programme.
Liburd said small contractos are frustrated because it is now going for six weeks that they have not been paid.
The non-paymemt to small contractors involved in the roofing programme which operates out of the office of Prime Minister Harris,has been confirmed by independent sources.
“It is over four and five months that some of us have not been paid. Some of us have been pleading and all we are getting is the run around.”
Other sources have disclosed that scores of other small contractors and suppliers in St Kitts and Nevis and overseas who have provided services to the Team Unity Government have not been paid for months.