“Unfortunately we are unable to pay today and worst case scenario we will on Tuesday evening. I thank all who have been so patient and I pray for all who believes it should happen with a snap of the finger. God bless you All and thank you.”
(CMR) APS Security is unable to pay its employees and has expressed that they do not wish for the bad news to reach Cayman Marl Road. Nothing that:
“I hope this message remains between APS staff and it don't reach cayman marl road. Don't know who's real.”
APS is owned by former Minister of Health and Bodden Town East MP Dwayne Seymour and managed by his close friend and employee Peterkin Berry. Seymour's niece, Glenita Logan works as office manager and expressed her concerns about this information being received by Cayman's #1 news source via a WhatsApp chat group for the security officers.
They employ roughly 15-20 security officers.
The internal message sent to staff indicated that payday was on Wednesday but the company was unable to make payroll. They further noted that “as noticed at most end of month payrolls we have immense difficulties in paying out staff, this is mainly because of the situation we find ourselves in with a closed border in a pandemic.”
The message further notes that payment was not made today and they are playing it by ear for what will be the position for next week.
This is not the first time that APS has not been able to meet its financial obligations. It was reported by CMR on numerous occasions that employees have not been paid pension the entire duration of their tenure with the company which dates back to 2005.
Also, during COVID lockdown, the minister was advising employers to at the very minimum they needed to pay their employee's health insurance in the event of a covid related illness. However, his company was not paying it for their staff. In fact, staff had gone to the doctor or hospital to only discover that they had no medical coverage at the time.
APS has also been taking full advantage of the pension holiday and making no contribution to outstanding delinquent pension arrears.
Apart from its covid related financial struggles, many have wondered why APS is not able to meet its liabilities. In fact, one person observed that during the past tenue when Seymour was part of the Cabinet his invoices were ordered to be paid by the Minister of Tourism with no questions asked. One source noted that hundreds of thousands of dollars would be paid out at a time with no internal verification of the hours being claimed.
Seymour started the company after working for Cayman Airways for a number of years.