Essential service employees are upset that the Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis has reneged on his promise to reward them for tasks performed during the passage of two recent hurricanes.
They claim that the monies promised were not included in their normal salaries and wages paid Thursday for the month of October.
“The security forces are fed up. We have been promised money by Mr. Timothy Harris for the hurricanes and today is payday and police have not seen the promised reward in their salaries today, pay day,” said an individual.
“Dr. Harris has not fulfilled his promise. People have things to do and when he promises things like that, people are looking for it.”
“We want we money. Police officers are disgusted that Mr. Harris promised them money for working during the hurricanes and nothing has been put in place.”
In an address to the nation on September 23, and during a press conference on October 3, Dr. Harris said all essential service employees – including police, defence force officers, fire and rescue officers, medical and health personnel – who had worked while Irma and Maria passed would received extra money.
“We have decided to incentivise and to provide a monetary reward for our essential services workers who went beyond the call of duty during and immediately after the hurricane,” he said.