“This Company has been spinning top in mud since the investigation into the eight people—who were sent on administrative leave—began…
“Since [those suspensions] it is as if the heads currently running the Company do not give a damn about the staff!”
The following letter, which was copied to Sport Minister Darryl Smith and Sport Company of Trinidad and Tobago (SPORTT) chairman Dinanath Ramnarine, was submitted to Wired868 under cover of anonymity.
Just about a year ago, the very patient and humble staff at the Sports Company (SPORTT) attended a staff meeting. At this meeting, we asked about the awarding of contracts for workers who were again put on month-to-month. We were told to be patient while the management and board attempted to regularise the organisational structure.
We were told that many of the people employed currently at the Company were in positions that were not approved by the CPO and that the HR Department was currently working to have that regularised. As such, those people would be given six-month contracts and the rest, who were approved, a one-year contract.
Much to the surprise of the current staff, we keep seeing new faces coming in every day—new positions are being created—and we are being told that these people have three-year contracts!
Can we be informed as to the true outcome of this, especially as many of our contracts end in the next few months?! And about the talk of a Sport Commission which is in the air?
Additionally, this Company has been spinning top in mud since the investigation into the eight people—who were sent on administrative leave—began. When this investigation is over, I hope the findings are made public and the guilty face the sanctions while the innocent ones are cleared!
Since [those suspensions], it is as if the heads currently running the company do not give a damn about the staff! People have been placed in positions for which they are not qualified, new people keep coming in while we are hearing rumours here and there that the company is closing.
People who have worked hard are meeting numerous obstacles in getting their hard-earned overtime monies, people must fingerprint sign in and out, people are being put on tribunals for matters that could be resolved very easily…
Our main focus seems to be how many people are loitering in the lobby—so much so that a definition of loitering had to be given in an official memo! And then you wonder why legal cases pile up against the company?
Gentle Sirs, I write to you firstly requesting—then, failing that, demanding—that the management and Board hold a meeting with all the staff of the Sports Company and make it known to us what is the plan for us as a company and if we should begin looking for other jobs. The treatment that is being given to the staff of the company is near inhumane.
The staff of this Company feel that you—the Management, Board and Minister—want to run us away from this company and some have fallen for it! How many people have resigned in the last few months?
But I say this here, that not all shall fall for it—some of us have come too far to turn back; and if we have to stay till the end, we will!
However, being honest to the hard-working employees is what we ask for more than anything. Honour us, cherish us, respect us!
I write this anonymously because, at the end of the day, I fear prosecution and to face the same unfair, one-sided biased tribunals. But I still keep hope that my genuine plea is heard and not lost in the ego of all these big heads.