Nassau, Bahamas — Hidden from the pages of the press is another shocking story you will only read here on Bahamas Press. Those in the media who continue to suck the ‘political tits’ of those in elected office will continue to find disfavour with the people; the people who we at BP seek to protect.
Shocking revelations have are now being birth on this wire and to us it comes as no surprise.
Bahamas Press has learned staff at the Antiquities Monuments and Museum Corporation [AMMC] is now facing huge cuts in their salaries and are finding it hard to adjust. We are told the Corporation now has a new chairman, Orry Sands.
We are told the new Chair has come on an axing mission by the government and despite approved agreements in the terms of employment for staff at the Corporation, the new Chair is said to be “dishonouring everything she met in place” in a wicked attempt to weed out and hurt the working class.
BP has learned the toll is pressuring small workers who are at the bottom of the totem poll. We’ve learned staff in the entry level department at the Corporation are the ones suffering the most from the axing exercise; and we are told their cries of the cuts have fallen on deaf ears.
“BP, the new Chair has yet to explain why the Corporation is cutting our stipend. We are being asked to do tasks at AMMC, which do not fall in our job descriptions. Since the government is cutting us, does that then suggest we are to cut them? No one had explained to us what the situation is and no one is justifying to us why our salaries are being slashed,” an irate worker told BP.
Bahamas Press can confirm written letters were issued to staff members at the end of July, informing them of the cuts in salary; however, no reasons for the cuts were given. You would remember the Corporation was established and supported by government grants. We are told however wastage and abuses at the Corporation, which sits under the portfolio of Charles Maynard, have crippled finances added with the onslaught of the global financial crisis, have plunged the Corporation’s funds into the danger zone and now line-staff are feeling the pain.
An example of such rank abuses could be confirmed following the order of a video production for Clifton Heritage Site. BP has learned the contract to produce the Clifton video was awarded to a known FNM goon. We’ve learned following the early stages of planning the video, the producer was paid some $60,000 and ordered to commence the production, however, some two years later [to this present day] no video of the site has been completed and all work on it ceased.
BP believes the small worker should not be made swallow the hard pill because of poor management. We also believe here again is an issue for BPSU President John Pinder, who is so busy in bed with the government these days, he cannot hear the voice of the working poor.
BP has learned Orry Sands has planned to come face to face with line staff this Monday as she attempts to explain the Government’s decision to cut salaries at the Corporation.