However, during a series of inquiries into the matter, it was learnt that Andrews had submitted to the agency a sick leave for the period of his absence from duties. Also, regarding the alleged false representation associated with the pension plan, Sagicor was fully responsible for conducting the exercise for appointing trustees. This exercise included a staff meeting for voting process and the issuing of a generic form from Sagicor, which Andrews was advised to sign and return to their offices. When questioned on the matter, Andrews said he was appalled being suspended for these reasons, and indicated that he is being victimised because of his refusal to approve contracts for retirees without the requisite approval from the Ministry of Finance and Public Service. The auditor general, in a recent correspondence to Andrews, has indicated her support for his actions regarding the matter of retirees. In a correspondence with Amos, dated February 13, 2017, Bassie requested a list detailing any other allegation that may be considered. Bassie also indicated his understanding that files have been removed from the premises along with security personnel since his client’s suspension. He further went on to state his understanding that there are plans afoot to remove the security cameras that management had installed. These actions cited would clearly compromise any further allegations from the board of directors. These actions also violate all government policies and procedures. Andrews recently requested the intervention of Sports Minister Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange into the matter. The INSPORTS board of directors could find themselves facing legal challenges from Ian Andrews’ labour attorney, John S. Bassie. Andrews was recently issued a suspension letter from Deputy Chairman, Newton Amos during a recent board meeting. The letter indicated that the suspension is “pending investigation on issues”. Some of the issues reflected in the suspension letter are allegations relative to Andrews’ absence from duty and the island between December 23, 2016 and January 2, 2017 and accusations that Andrews deliberately and calculatedly made false representation as it relates to INSPORTS’ Pension Plan, purported to have been held at a meeting of the board of directors on August 10, 2015. SICK LEAVE
Still reeling from crash landing at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) back in November, Guyanese-owned Fly Jamaica has made all its staff redundant as of March 31, 2019.This was announced by Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Paul Ronald Reece in a letter to employees on Friday, March 29, 2019.“The Board of Directors of Fly Jamaica regrets to inform you that due to our lack of aircraft and the impact that it has had on the company’s financial position, we have no alternative but to make all our employees redundant effective March 31, 2019,” Reece said. It has been reported that the Jamaica-based airline employs some 400 persons.According to the CEO, this decision was not made without great sadness and remorse. He explained that the company was hoping to secure funding but that has been slow in acquiring. “…therefore, for the time being, no other resources or options exists,” he noted.Reece, nevertheless, assured employees that the compensation they are owned from November to date will be provided to them but pleaded for time to fulfil this.“We ask that you allow us more time to do so… We wish to thank you for your service, loyalty and dedication to the company,” the CEO said in the letter while asking that they ensure that their contact information with the company’s Human Resources department is up to date.Meanwhile, the employees were informed that if the circumstances of the company changes in the future and they are still interested in re-joining, then they will be allowed to do so.This announcement comes on the heels of the company grappling with operational expenses after facing a huge compensation bill following last year’s crash in Timehri as well as loss of services with one of its aircraft being down.On November 9, 2018, a Fly Jamaica-operated Boeing 757 crashed during an emergency landing at the CJIA less than an hour after taking off for Toronto, Canada. The aircraft had experienced technical complications and decided to return to Guyana.At the time, there were 118 adults, along with two infants and an eight-member crew on board. The tragedy has claimed the life of 85-year-old Rookhia Kalloo, a pensioner who was on the flight and died a week later.The company had subsequently promised to compensate passengers; not only those that were aboard the crashed flight but those who were affected due to delays caused by the crash. The company’s Boeing 757, which had overshot the extended runway at CJIA and suffered extensive damage has been rendered useless.