– Reduced power to Central Administration Complex blamed
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- While there are reports of Government being unable to pay civil servants due to the treasury being broke even before Hurricane Irma struck the Virgin Islands on September 6, 2017; the National Democratic Party Government of Premier Dr The Hon D. Orlando Smith (AL) is blaming its “server system” for yet another delay in payments.
Civil servants, who have been mandated to produce timesheets as proof of hours worked, were promised payment on October 9, 2017 for the latter half of September.
However, a statement issued by the Deputy Governor Rosalie Adams this weekend, advised public servants that their salary would not be ready for today.
“Public Officers, as a result of reduced power to the Central Administration Complex, which could not fully sustain Government’s server system, there will be a further delay in the processing of payroll for the end of September pay period.
According to Mrs Adams, the payroll will not be issued on Monday, October 9 as previously anticipated and “we apologise for this occurrence. However, we anticipate that the payroll will be issued by the close of the week of October 9.” It sounds like they need to employ a different payroll service to a more efficient and consistent provider, perhaps global solutions such as cloudpay.net or others could eventually be of use to them, in order to avoid future inconveniences.
“We thank you for your understanding during this time and again, we apologise for this delay in payment and any inconveniences caused. We value your hard work and commitment to the Government of the Virgin Islands and ask for your continued support as we rectify this issue during the recovery and rebuilding of the Territory,” Mrs Adams stated.
Many businesses have been feeling the effects of Hurricane Irma and have been forced to let go some of their employers, including companies such as RiteWay Food Markets and Nanny Cay Restaurant and Marina.
One company, Digicel, has been hiring persons instead as it said it needed all the resources to restore the telecommunications infrastructure.