For 2014, the Ministry of Labour received a total of 1,244 complaints of which 821 or 66 percent of those were resolved.
According to the Ministry, while in 2014 more complaints were lodged, less were closed, and this was due to the fact that many of the complaints were related to the mining industry. Here, both employers and their complainants seem to always be out of touch with the Ministry.
“We have always had to move swiftly to track them down and to move swiftly to resolve those matters.” Minister of Labour, Dr. Nanda Gopaul noted.
Further, of the 1,244 complaints, only 24 or 1.9 percent were related to non-payment of wages below the national minimum wage.
This is an indication that the national minimum wage is now settled and those persons, despite some amount of resistance, have now accommodated the request. A small number of persons made requests for the minimum wage to be paid and wages to be investigated.
Out of the complaints, the sum of $31.5M was recovered on behalf of workers, representing $4.2M for annual leave, $1M for overtime, terminal benefits $12 M, wages $13M and $18.2M for complaints being in the pipe line.
During the course of 2014, $49.7M was received on behalf of workers filing cases with the ministry.
In addition to these, the sums collected represented out of court settlements against employers and the number filed in 2014 was 141. The number of matters closed was 38 and the number of employers taken to court in 2014 totaled 57.
The number of charges was 362 in 2014, with 130 cases pending and filed, including paying wages, failure to give severance pay, in lieu of notice, grant leave with pay and small national minimum wages offer.
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