This is the cry of some members of staff at the Arima Race Club (ARC).
“We have been deserted by the club since the shutdown of local horse racing at Santa Rosa Park in March. Since then they have not called or contacted us by any means to find out how we are making out. Only if they want something done, then we are called,” claimed one staffer.
The person further claimed:“Regarding our pay for March, weekly paid got their last pay at the end of March, 2020. Monthly paid received 50 per cent of their salary in March, and the other 50 per cent in April.”
The staffer also described the plight of a colleague:”One of our fellow workers reached out to us. Our fellow worker (named) stated for two days the person had no food. We got three hampers, and delivered the other two hampers to other employees who were also very thankful because they were in a bad state. A lot of us are in a financial mess. We live from pay day to pay day. The club has been paying us in instalments.”
The staffer also revealed failure so far to access government provisions.
“Our social relief grants were prepared for 90 employees on March 29. The applications were submitted by email the first week in April, and since then we have been regularly checking our accounts to see if any money has been transferred to our account by the Government, and none has hit our accounts. We have also called the HR department on it, and they could not advise us on anything.”
Regarding the Government, the Express has been reliably informed the plight of the ARC staffers has reached the ears of line Minister Paula Gopee-Scoon through a concerned top level official who is not on the ARC’s executive. However, he has not received the necessary information from the club to send to the Minister.
The staffer ended by saying:”A simple hamper (from the ARC) to keep us going would have gone a long way. We, do the donkey work for the club, and are renting, and our landlords are asking about their rent because they believe we have gotten the relief grant and/or our pay. We could be destitute soon or might have to come, and live in a stable.”
An email sent on Tuesday by the Express to ARC president Robert Bernard for a response to the claims was not acknowledged, while a call to his cell phone went unanswered yesterday.