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No salaries for THTI staff

By Elizabeth Williams

Lecturers and other staff officials at the Tobago Hospitality and Tourism Institute have not been paid their salaries for the month of March. Several calls were made to our newsroom by concerned employees who want answers from the Tourism Division.

Employees told Tobago News, they have outstanding bills and financial institutions are at their doors. The situation, they explained, has become unbearable.

The institute operates on subventions from the Division of Tourism and Transportation. We contacted CEO of the Institute Wayne Pierre, who confirmed the situation and that several meetings have been held with staff and the Tourism Division on the matter. Like his staff, The CEO of the institute also has not been paid his salary for the month of March.

"Yes I am aware of it. As a matter of fact none of the staff have been paid for the month of March as yet. There were some challenges," Wayne Pierre said.

The institute is one where citizens pursue degrees, associate degrees and short courses in tourism related fields, and then seek employment in various tourism related sectors. Mr. Pierre said he is hopeful there would not be a reoccurrence, of the late payment of salaries.

"We have been in constant contact with the Secretary and the Administrator at the Division, and we have been given the assurance, that the releases have been approved, and we expect to receive our cheque," Wayne Pierre said.

Checks made on Monday with some employees revealed they still have not been paid their salaries. The late payment of salaries is not the only problem facing the institute.

Employees also informed us of poor working conditions in faculty maintenance and the library. They claimed the majority of staff is employed without contracts and with extremely low salaries while some management officials are being issued multiple salaries. Mr. Pierre said the institute is registered with the Accreditation Council of Trinidad and Tobago and is also a candidate for full accreditation and therefore, meets all the requirements, where staff is concerned.

"All our lecturers and administrative staff are fully qualified for the positions that they hold," he said.

The institute at present has an enrollment of only 130 students, many of whom are part-time students.

The campus can accommodate 400 students.

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Anonymous said on Friday, Apr 20 at 8:55 AM

All of this is part of the London's diabolic plan to destroy tourism forever on this island!

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Anonymous said on Friday, Apr 20 at 8:57 AM

All this is part of the THA plan to destroy tourism forever in Tobago.

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Anonymous said on Saturday, Apr 21 at 7:31 AM

Tourismn can be expressed in many different ways.Education to seek employment internationally,our liberating the countries economy,so that locals can themselves travel to adjacent countries,even world wide.If we consistently sett our focus on just bring tourist till Tobago without marketing ourselves as capable pf travelling ourselves ,or developing a momentumn of beign foreigners we would always be at the mercy of others.We have to understand how to accumulate money into the country ,by opening possibilities for our citizens.This is another way for advertising Tobagos ability to take charge of their economical situation in a very educative and intelligent way..I want to wrote more but on this topic my brain waves is filled with so much possibilities,that i cannot stay focus.So maybe i would focus and then rewrite,but i hope as of now ,the ideas are somewhat understood.

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RJ said on Monday, Apr 23 at 2:54 PM

Almost 700 million alone was spent for the hospital, now there is no money to pay staff. 100 bed hospital. It looks like 7 million for each bed. How could we waste tax-payers money so???

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Anonymous said on Tuesday, Apr 24 at 8:11 AM

I think taht desuperman ,has said that Tobagos economy has never beign better.

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The Truth said on Tuesday, Apr 24 at 8:56 AM

Put simply,tourism is clearly, by any measure, all but dead judging by such low international arrivals.Accordingly,is this news any real surprise?

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