Unpaid contractors and consultants join forces to recover funds from government

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Unpaid contractors and consultants join forces to recover funds from government

In a bid to recover unpaid funds from the government of Trinidad and Tobago, contractors and consultants who have worked for the Education Facilities Company Limited (EFCL), have formed an alliance called the EFCL Unpaid Contractors and Consultants Action Committee.

The group intends to “pursue payment by all legal means necessary,” and according to a press advertisement, they are now calling on other contractors and consultants to join in the proposed action to recover the money they are owed.

Interested parties were given an e-mail address and invited to attend a meeting over the weekend so that they can be included in any action taken.

“To avoid being deprived of the money we worked hard for it is imperative that we take urgent action now,” the advertisement read.

In a notice of termination to staff in February, acting chairman of the EFCL Savitree Seepersad admitted the company was “unable to carry on the business for which it was established and has decided to close down its undertaking and go out of business.” Seepersad is a deputy permanent secretary in the Ministry of Finance.

Earlier in March, the JCC expressed alarm at the way the Government had chosen to deal with the debt-ridden EFCL. In a statement, it said it appeared the Government intended to wind up the company instead of dealing with its debts to legitimate creditors.

The JCC said the EFCL owes its creditors “well over $600 million,” most of which represents money owed to contractors and consultants going as far back as 2015.