Ministry error leads to non-payment of teachers wages

POSTED: 09/13/11 12:45 PM

GREAT BAY, St. Maarten – Teachers who began working for the Government of St. Maarten in the 2011 – 2012 school year will have to wait until the end of September to get paid. According to the President of the Windward Islands Teachers Union (WITU) Claire Elshot the delay in payment stems from the need to correct an error that was made at the Finance Department.
“Everything must be documented properly. This is an unfortunate situation for these teachers and I hope that in the future things are put in place especially since it is public knowledge that the payroll is closed at a certain date,” Elshot said.
The union president believes the situation is most unfortunate because the Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport knew who the new teachers were in August. That knowledge should have given the ministry enough time to process the necessary documentation.
The new teachers will apparently now receive two months’ salary in September – advance pay for August and regular salary. Elshot is not happy about this because she fairs that the teachers will be taxed on the total amount and take home “little or nothing.” less than they deserve
“I hope that the Department could revise this matter as quickly as possible so as to allow these teachers to receive and take home a proper salary at September month end,” Elshot said.
The incident has prompted the union president to call on teachers to alert the union to these issues as soon as they arise as she was only recently alerted to this particular situation.

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