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TTPS clerks want fair treatment

By Cecily Asson Wednesday, August 13 2014

STATING that their contributions play a critical role in the country’s fight against crime, civilian data entry clerks attached to the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) are asking to be treated fairly when it comes to their contracts and remuneration packages.

Speaking yesterday on condition of anonymity, one employee who has been sitting at home for several months complained that her contract and those of others are yet to be renewed despite “excellent appraisals” from their department. Others, she said, who managed to have theirs renewed, have not been paid the salaries as promised in the contracts, while others are still waiting on their gratuity payments, some for as long as six years.

She told Newsday, “We are forever being treated like dogs. Police officers are given raises in salaries, patted on their backs but the fact of the matter is the data entry employees are of utmost importance to the Police Service and without us they would have nothing to rely on for crime statistics.”

She explained that the clerks are the people who collect crime reports from all the police stations across the country and put them into the electronic system, thereby forming a criminal database.

“Because of our work, police officers can go into the computer and get the relevant information critical to their investigations,” the spokesman for the clerks said. “Right now because of how they are processing contracts, our work is being affected as there is now a big backlog.”

It was explained that data entry clerks are paid an interim salary of $4,000 when hired and are supposed to get an increase of $200 in the final year of their contract.

The clerk added, “Some have completed these contracts more than a year ago and are still waiting on these monies to be paid. When we call the HR Department to inquire, they say they are waiting on a signature. In the case of those waiting on the gratuity, simple mistakes like incorrect spelling of names or files not properly updated.”

Several attempts yesterday to speak with the director of the Corporate Communications Unit in the Ministry of National Security, Marcia Hope, proved futile as she was said to be out of office.

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