Public Utilities Minister Marvin Gonzales has described as outrageous and a breach of the public’s trust, the revelation from an audit that payments of over $1.1 million in overtime was made to six officials of the Public Services Association (PSA).
The officials who were employed at the Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA), made that money off the company during a three-year period, with one official receiving over half a million dollars.
Gonzales in a GML interview said, “It’s a scandalous state of affairs and a breach of the public’s trust by those entrusted with the solemn duty to manage the authority.”
The audit shows $1,142,609.15 was paid to six union officials in excessive commuted overtime (COT) during January 2013 to July 2016.
The payouts would have taken place during the tenure of former human resources director Ken Mahabir – June 28, 2011 to March 8, 2017.
Audit documents revealed the highest paid of the six PSA officials received $504,589.52 in total excessive COT during a 43-month period.
The report showed the six PSA union officials were paid a total of $947,307.03 in excessive COT, with a further $195,302.12 being paid in excessive COT after the approved period.
Gonzales has promised to bring to account all involved in this mismanagement and corruption.