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Incinerator workers want more money & interaction with Minister

-Minister Skelton promises to make official visit soon
Workers of the Municipal solid waste incinerator plant, Virgin Islands say that while almost all the other sectors have been visited they are the ones being left in the filth not being visited by the higher authorities of the Government. Photo: VINO
Minister of Health and Social Development Honourable Ronnie Skelton admits that since in Office he has only made one visit to the plant but promises to make visit sometime soon. Photo: VINO
Minister of Health and Social Development Honourable Ronnie Skelton admits that since in Office he has only made one visit to the plant but promises to make visit sometime soon. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - "We are the ones doing the dirty work to keep this British Virgin Islands clean and everyday you can hear the minister going all over, having this and that conference, meetings and workshops with other workers but they are not coming to us down here, yes because this is the place that handling the nasty stuff, their shirt and tie too clean to come here," said a worker attached to the the Solid Waste Municipal Incinerator Plant.

The workers of the incinerator plant told Virgin Islands News Online that one of their main reasons for calling for the Minister for Health and Social Development, Hon. Ronnie W. Skelton to pay a visit is because they have many issues that need to be addressed, some they said they could not discuss with Virgin Islands News Online. "Some things are in-house issues and we think that it is fair that we deal with them from the inside and if we don’t get them sorted out like inside then we’ll have to take the next move of speaking out in the open,” said the worker.

They were, however, very vocal on the issue of their pay packets, claiming that their package at the end of the month was too small when compared to the level and nature of work that they are compelled to do on a daily basis. “We need more money for this kind of work that we doing, it aint easy working here and many times we bring this up with our management here they keep saying that they don’t have money, they dont have money and we here doing all the dirty work. They need to work out some sort of package to make us feel a bit better for us.”

They also complained of not being visited by Hon. Skelton as he has reportedly only made one visit since taking office. “We had given him a nice welcome that he didn’t get from none of the other departments and he should at least come and sit with us if it’s just for an hour. We got things to discuss that can be dealt with only if we can have a face to face interaction,” said another employee.

Speaking with Virgin Islands News Online in an exclusive interview, Hon. Skelton said he is aware of a number of challenges being experienced by the workers at the Plant. “The country has some serious waste management issues and it stems from physical resources to human resources but what we are trying to do is to improve on all of these things,” said Hon. Skelton.

“I go down there periodically without notice,” he said when asked about his visits to the plant. He emphasised that he is aware of some human resources issues that the workers are faced with that he needs to have addressed. “Work conditions, pay, well pay is a big problem in the country today everybody wants a little more money, I myself need a little more money.”

The Minister was high in commendation for the senior management of the Solid Waste Management saying that they have been doing a good job despite the many challenges that they are forced to face on a regular basis. “I must commend the waste management personnel. They do a good job at keeping the country clean. These are people some of them with minimum wages and things are getting expensive and we need to find ways of how we can assist them. Just raising salaries doesn’t really help because you raise salaries and the prices for stuff would go up so their disposable income remains the same,” said Hon. Skelton.

He said that along with the assistance of the present management, there are some efforts being made to address the concerns and working conditions of workers at the Plant. He also said that despite his very tight schedule, he will be making some effort for an official visit to workers at the plant in the near future.

19 Responses to “Incinerator workers want more money & interaction with Minister”

  • west end (15/04/2013, 09:14) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
    do they care about workers ronnie need to go home
  • under the bus (15/04/2013, 09:20) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
    seems like the bvi going down the drain under this government every sector has a complain
  • tola (15/04/2013, 10:35) Like (8) Dislike (2) Reply
    West end I agree with u he an the one from down ur side the at large one
  • west end (15/04/2013, 11:03) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    Yea tola u mean Archie he gone
  • ooooo (15/04/2013, 11:26) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    come on ronnie! you got to do better than that...1 visit in 15 months?? ...dancia visited down there very often when she was the minister
  • tastebuds (15/04/2013, 11:47) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Lets be honest people, the tides have shift. We use to be like the bvi is okay money is flowing. At this moment the bvi is under pressure, its becoming more blatant. We need leaders not bosses Leaders! Not pointing fingers but which government can be trusted.
  • DA (15/04/2013, 11:49) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    “Work conditions, pay, well pay is a big problem in the country today everybody wants a little more money, I myself need a little more money.”
    Do my eyes deceive me? Ronnie you want more money eh! LMFAO - mouth opens.....well sah! Mr. Minister enjoy your last days in office - many whom gave you a second chance after your crying like a baby - now they are regretting allowing you another term! need more money what a crock of Sh!t!
    • Really "DA!" (15/04/2013, 12:59) Like (1) Dislike (100) Reply
      I am sure that the Minister was making a joke when he said he needed more money too. Why you people always picking at every little thing. We have major issues in this country you all up and down with all these petty nonsense. Please move on already.
    • voter (15/04/2013, 13:00) Like (1) Dislike (59) Reply
      Give who a second chance? Ronnie didn't want a thing to do wid politics tis people beg beg beggggggg him. dont be fooled. ndp will be back. these cheap blogs will not sway people. how much people you think blog each day? how many actually make sense? lol do the math.People are hurting and want people in there who will make decisions to move forwrad. not a set of wild spenders with no plans except to keep people as beggars in return for votes.
  • BVI Home Boy (15/04/2013, 13:02) Like (1) Dislike (101) Reply
    If they do not like the money they make, they can be replaced. I believe there belongers looking for work.
  • (15/04/2013, 15:15) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    I want to analyse the situation, the waste engineers are been paid mininum wages, now government come on pay the people a bit more than that, they should be paid 10-12 dollars a hour. Lots of Government do not know how useful and hard working are Waste Engineers, wait till them all decided to go home and leave all the garbage pockwood pond or alongside the road, people today are getting bold. People can only take that much,life in Tortola is nothing like the sixtys or the eighties, when things start to flow in Tortola. Maybe all the downislanders might go home and Ronnie might be the one to say hired only BVI and pay them 15$ per hour, he will find the money. Many people talk, some people ready for action.

    I stand at a supermarket just now an see a supervisor call a young man to come lift some boxes, all he said I don, I don, don, don he walk up to the supervisor and say I quit, quit quit quit, see a you. There are more to get fustrated. It is not easy when some cannot reach the house rent , and some cannot reach their bank loan, and some cannot get water. Fustrated and desperate people are not to messed with, they can make life a living hell.
    • be there (15/04/2013, 19:21) Like (2) Dislike (80) Reply
      the bvi is full of crazy people who emigrated here from the islands
      • care (17/04/2013, 07:17) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
        Swapping black dogs for monkeys... Nothing will change...

      • BE GONE! (17/04/2013, 14:13) Like (0) Dislike (28) Reply


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