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Demonstration outside Kenson in San Fernando against the company’s vaccination policy

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Current and former employees of Kenson Operational Services Ltd demonstrate outside the company’s gates on Lady Hailes Avenue in San Fernando on Tuesday. Photo taken by Lincoln Holder

Disgruntled workers and former workers of Kenson Operational Services Ltd demonstrated outside the company on Tuesday to highlight their dissatisfaction with its covid19 vaccination policy.

The small group gathered around mid-morning outside the gates of Lady Hailes Avenue in San Fernando. They accused the company of putting them on the bread line because they refused to take the bites.

They said unvaccinated workers had not been allowed into the compound since December and some had been sent home without pay.

Fired senior operations technician Rylon Baptiste said he had worked for the company since 2007 but was fired in April. He was last assigned to BHP, one of Kenson’s clients.

Last month, the group staged a similar protest demanding an urgent meeting over the demands.

Former San Fernando Mayor Ken Ferguson owns the company.

Baptiste called on the company to respond to letters of termination and disguised dismissal of unvaccinated workers.

“My last day with the company was in November. After that, I was greeted with a letter stating that the company would relocate me. The letter said that I was still an employee. In January, I received a day’s pay,” Baptiste said.

“They said that in order for me to get compensation, I have to write to the company to submit my resignation. I didn’t and I received a dismissal notice followed by a dismissal letter. J I was officially fired in April. They promised to pay a month’s salary. To date, I haven’t received anything.”

Baptiste accused the company of playing “hunger games” by telling workers they were employed and not giving them work for months.

He said about 20 people are affected by politics and have “survived by faith”.

Activist Umar Abdullah joined in solidarity with those affected.

Abdullah, head of lobby group The First Wave Movement, said he would continue to advocate for the rights of every person in this country.

He made several allegations of corruption in the country, adding that the move would bring them to light.

Newsday called the company for a response to the protest and a staffer said she was not authorized to comment. She promised to relay the message.