Cleaning firm workers advised on complaints
Workers at a cleaning firm were urged to take any complaints to the Government’s Labour Relations section after it was claimed that some staff had not been paid for up to three months.
Lovitta Foggo, the Minister of Labour, Community Affairs and Sport, said the ministry was aware of “a current dispute concerning a local cleaning company”.
She explained: “The Labour Relations section has the ability to investigate and mediate such complaints brought to its attention, as well as refer unresolved disputes to an arbitration or tribunal panel for adjudication.
“As it relates to this specific matter I must caution that all complaints and inquiries made to the Labour Relations section are confidential.
“However, as a general note, the non-payment of wages is contrary to the Employment Act 2000 and employees who have concerns over late or non-payment of wages are strongly encouraged to contact the Labour Relations section and consult with a Labour Relations officer.”
Ms Foggo also reminded workers to review the Act, which sets out employees’ rights and obligations.
She added: “Employees within a unionised environment should contact their respective shop stewards and, or union representatives directly.
“Employers are also reminded that they too can use the Labour Relations section as a resource when faced with having to make difficult decisions as a result of financial hardship.”
Ms Foggo said: “As we prepare to observe Labour Day, I think it’s critically important to remind the community that we are here to support both our workers and employers.
“We encourage anyone who may be facing challenges in the workplace to contact the Labour Relations section so that we can assist where we can.”
An employee at Just Cleaners Ltd told The Royal Gazette this week that some staff had been hit by non-payment and late payment of wages.
The worker complained that, in some cases, people had not received their wages for up to three months.
Management at Just Cleaners, based on Midsea Lane, Pembroke, did not respond to earlier requests for comment.
The Labour Relations Section can be reached by calling 297-7714 or 297-7716 or by visiting its office at 23 Parliament Street between 8.45am and 5pm on weekdays.
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