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Monymusk workers paid

Audley Shaw
 
Agriculture Minister Audley Shaw has confirmed that persons previously employed to the Monymusk Sugar Factory in Clarendon have been paid.
 
The group had been out of work since the factory closed months ago.
 
The Government had set aside funds to assist the workers.
 
However, prior to the payments being made, there were threats of  protest, after word emerged that the funds might be late.
 
Speaking with RJR News last week, the Agriculture Minister blamed elements in the Parliamentary Opposition for causing mischief by calling a press conference about the non-payment of funds to the former workers, with full knowledge that they would have been paid in short order. 
 
The Government had pledged $100 million to assist the workers and their families.
 
In addition to the assistance package was a cash grant programme of $30 million provided directly to 260 displaced workers who were employed to the factory during the last crop season.
 
The average cash grant was $100,000 per person.
 


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