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What is being hidden with the public sector NDAs?

Monday, February 11, 2019

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Dear Editor,

I am puzzled, even vexed, about the reported $9.2 million severance payout to former Petrojam Human Resource Manager Yolande Ramharrack and the $7.2 million to former General Manager Floyd Grindley. Their dismissal may well have been inevitable, and they are entitled to severance, but this should've been limited to a few months pay, given that their years of service did not add to much.

And what of the former human resource manager raking in millions more than her boss, the former general manager. It hardly makes any sense.

Ramharrack's settlement, unlike Grindley's, also included a bizarre non-disclosure agreement (NDA). These are public funds, managed by a public agency, it is puzzling what secrets the former human resource manager could disclose.

NDAs have no business in the public sector, where public funds and resources are being managed; transparency is key.

The prime minister says he is now willing to review the removal of NDA clauses from settlements in the public sector, but, alas, he is late. That he is the minister responsible for Petrojam and signed off on the settlements, including Ramharrack's $9.2 million, is disturbing. What is he hiding?

The only consolation is knowing that the State retained more than 50 per cent in statutory deductions.

P Chin


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