Finance minister denies knowledge of layoff list

Minister of Finance and Economy Harold Lovell

ST JOHN’S, Antigua – Minister of Finance, Economy and Public Administration Harold Lovell has denied having knowledge of any document that stipulates the trimming of the public sector and has challenged the opposition senator who made the claim to bring forth such a missive.

“I have not had sight of that document,” Lovell said in response to Antigua Labour Party (ALP) Chairman Senator  Paul Chet Greene’s statement of the existence of a Cabinet document that mandates the retrenchment of workers in government departments that have more than 300 employees.

“If you ask me to be frank, I do not believe any such document exists,” Lovell said.

The finance minister, who was a guest on OBSERVER Radio’s Voice of the People programme yesterday, added: “I believe Mr Greene and the truth do not have a particularly intimate relationship and I would challenge him to show that document.”

Greene was a guest on Voice of the People on Wednesday, and according to him, he saw the document in question. The ALP chairman subsequently issued a word of advice to public sector workers.

“On the eve of election 2014, I want to send a warning to workers in public service because I have seen the circular, a Cabinet circular, where any department of government with more than 300 workers will have to cut workers if the UPP were to retain the government of this country post-election 2014,” Greene said. (Antigua Observer)

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