The National Insurance Scheme (NIS) is not dragging its feet when it comes to delivering severance payments.
In fact, the exact opposite is being done to speedily address these matters, according to Leslie Haynes, QC, Chairman of the NIS.
Speaking at the joint press conference on Saturday at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre, Haynes said:
“Our mandate is to ensure that those employees are paid. I’ve heard the General Secretary [of the Barbados Workers’ Union, Toni Moore]. I’ve heard the Prime Minister [Mia Mottley]. And instructions have already been given. . .
“Instructions have already been given – look do not wait for a paper for all employees, let us process them every day because we have again an expedited process.”
Explaining the procedure in place now, Haynes continued saying:
“Since the beginning of the year, we came together, we developed some processes which are expedited. Once all papers [are] in place the severance payments will come to the approval of the Board and we are not waiting for one paper for all 65 employees. We plan to ensure that every day the Board approves whatever comes to it.
“We have the commitment of the NIS employees who are government employees and they themselves come to the table and of course they come to the Board and say we can’t do A or B without compromising the integrity of the system and we say certainly, but do your best that you can do.”
So he assured the public, namely the former employees of The Club Barbados — Resort and Spa, that all steps are being taken to make sure their severance payments are made come Independence Day.
The Board of NIS is set to meet today, Monday, November 23.
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