Minister of Agriculture Clarence Rambharat is reported to have said, with respect to the voluntary separation packages (VSEP) for Caroni (1975) Ltd’s workers, that it was a great deal for them and that “the taxpayers of this country would have spent $18 billion” to meet the cost. (Express, December 22).
There are some questions which public relations specialist Rambharat and the PNM (People’s National Movement) Government need to answer on this issue.
1. How has this expenditure been of any long-term income-earning benefit for the ex-Caroni workers?