Govt paying out $350K to 65 workers fired under FNM
The Davis Administration has agreed to pay a total of $350,000 to over 60 public servants who were fired under the former Free National Movement (FNM) government.
The decision comes as FNM leader Michael Pintard announced the opposition is considering legal action against the new government over the alleged termination of some government employees and non-payment of certain contractors who are believed to be FNM cronies.
However, his empty threat has been perceived as hot air and hypocritical considering Pintard served in the Minnis cabinet when 65 Urban Renewal workers were fired under the FNM and were never paid.
Those employees were stationed on Grand Bahama, Abaco, Cat Island and Eleuthera. Three of them died while awaiting payment.
The Davis Cabinet recently agreed to pay those terminated workers what they are owed.
The Gallery has been reliably informed those individuals will receive their money before Christmas.
In addition to sending home 65 Urban Renewal workers, the Department of Statistics reported in its 2018 report that 2,500 public sector jobs had been lost months after the Minnis Administration took office in 2017.
However, then Minister of Public Service Brensil Rolle lied when he said only 400 government workers had been sent home following the FNM’s election victory in May 2017.
Observers have cast doubt over Pintard’s disingenuous attempt to find favor with voters, who overwhelmingly rejected the FNM on September 16, by promising to take the government to court.