The Ministry of Labour and Small Enterprise Development is today shutting down rumours regarding a reported ten (10%) percent increase was promised for trainees of the On–the-Job Training Programme.
In a media release issued this afternoon, the Minsitry said information which was published by the Trinidad Newsday onThursday, June 11th 2020 titled “On the Job Trainees to get 10 percent Stipend Increase” is inaccurate.
The Minsitry’s release indicated that Minsiter Jennifer Baptiste Primus in her opening statement before the Standing Finance Committee on Wednesday, 10th June, had indicated that the increase to the allocation for the On-the-Job Training Programme was requested to supplement the 2019/2020 funding of the OJTP, as a result of the ten (10% ) percent increase in stipends that took effect from December 1st, 2019.
However, the Ministry of Labour and Small Enterprise Development says they have taken note, of the National Union of Government and Federated Workers (NUGFW) Labour Day Message, which on Friday June 19th 2020, which, accused the Ministry of Labour Small and Enterprise Development and its line Minister, Jennifer Baptiste Primus of announcing an additional ten (10%) percent increase for the OJTP for 2020.
The Ministry of Labour Small and Enterprise Development says that contrary to what was published in the Trade Union’s Labour Day Message “that here has been No additional 10 percent increase in the stipend for On the Job Trainees.”
The Minsitry says the only increase given for the OJTP has been following the decision taken by Cabinet which was announced in the Budget Presentation on October 7th 2019.
On–the–Job Training Programme stipend was increased by ten (10%) percent, including an increase in the intake for the programme to 8,000 trainees.