CID to probe case of missing Thrift Fund

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A local trade union has solicited the assistance of the police Criminal Investigations Department (CID) to investigate the alleged disappearance of monies that were to be placed into a Thrift Fund for the benefit of workers at the Jolly Beach Corporation and the Jolly Beach Resort and Spa.
Deputy General Secretary of the Antigua and Barbuda Workers Union (ABWU) Chester Hughes said the union filed the criminal complaint against the directors of the company on Friday and the matter is now with the CID.
The union is seeking to determine what happened to Thrift Fund monies that were reportedly deducted from the salaries of workers for retirement purposes, but were never paid into an account that was established at the Eastern Caribbean Amalgamated Bank (ECAB).
“The police will be seeking to ask questions about the [fund]. This is a serious criminal issue. Our last record shows that there was $1.4 million that was outstanding for the Thrift Fund and [for] the Retirement Fund on the behalf of a number of employees,” Hughes said.
The union will also be initiating legal action against the same company for what Hughes said is outstanding salaries that are due to the workers at the resort. “Our attorneys have already been contacted about the matter and we are now preparing our papers to take to them so they could file the necessary legal challenge to the management and directors of Jolly Beach Corporation and Jolly Beach Hotel,” Hughes said. The union represents 300 workers at the Jolly Beach Resort, not Starfish Jolly Beach.
OBSERVER tried without success to secure an interview with the management of Jolly Beach Resort

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