A woman who retired from the Government service over three years ago reports that she has been unable to obtain her gratuity from the Treasury, and she is calling on Prime Minister Gaston Browne to address the issue.
The woman says she finds it strange that people on retirement are unable to get their money while a big concert is being planned for this month and an African artiste is being paid hundreds of thousands of dollars.
The Browne Administration has said it has no involvement in the entertainment venture and is only endorsing the event – a claim at which many residents have scoffed.
The Cassada Gardens resident says she proceeded on retirement on September 5, 2019, and, to date, her gratuity remains in the Treasury. She says she needs what is hers, adding that when she visits the Treasury she is told that it does not have any money.
Asking what she is to do, the retiree describes the situation as overbearing and admits that she is very upset.
Meanwhile, Algernon “Serpent” Watts, the United Progressive Party (UPP) Candidate for St. George, is commending the woman for speaking out – especially since many people are facing similar situations but are afraid to talk about it.
On a daily basis, Watts says, he is bombarded by calls from persons who are asking him to advocate for them in the face of their hardship.