Public Service Workers Trust Philip Castillo says the Court had Ruled
We also spoke to Philip Castillo. He is the lead trustee of the Public Service Workers Trust (PSWT). According to Castillo, a court ruling in 2021 ordered (quote) “while the Defendants may decide that a worthwhile project might justify giving some grants to beneficiaries, the purpose of the grant was for projects that would benefit the beneficiaries, not a distribution of the trust assets to the beneficiaries in cash payments.” (End of quote) Castilo says that, given the court judgment, the PSWT cannot ignore the ruling.
Philip Castillo, Trustee, Public Sector Workers Trust: “I am fully aware that there are pockets of beneficiaries who want cash but I must say that overall on our countrywide tour we visited every single district town I did not participate in all the visits in fact no single trustee went on all the visits we kind of apportioned the visit. For the municipalities that I attended the overall sentiment is that for the most part people are satisfied with the p rojects. There are persons who want distribution but my contention is that for the most part people seem to be satisfied with the ongoing projects.”
Reporter: In claim 448 of 2019 in paragraph 25 it says that “while the defendants may decide that a worthwhile project maybe to give some grants to beneficiaries, the purpose of the grant was for projects that would benefit the beneficiaries not to a distribution of the trust assets to the beneficiaries in cash payments.” and the other association they’re calling for cash payments and for the trust to be dissolved what is it they’re not getting about this particular paragraph ?
Philip Castillo, Trustee, Public Sector Workers Trust: “Well you’re free to ask them tomorrow in fact I’m hoping that you ask them tomorrow. Again I’m fully cognizant that some beneficiaries do want cash. We indicate to them the paragraph, the judgment and that there is absolutely nothing we can do. I tell people on these tours, I tell our beneficiaries on these tours that it is your right to demonstrate you’re free to demonstrate, you’re also free to go to court that is your right but then having gone to court you’re not free to ignore the judgment of the court and that seems to be the challenge that we’re having. Some people have gone to court and now persons who’ve gone to court seem to want to ignore the judgment of the court. When the trust was first started I think in 2014 thereabouts and beneficiaries approached us saying that this was their monies or this is their increment. What we did we approached the then Prime Minister and asked for a definitive statement that listen if this is increments then tell us so that we give people their increments we do not want to be holding monies that we’re not entitled to . The Prime Minister clarified by having the Financial Secretary and the Solicitor General write affidavits to the court indicating that these monies are for projects and we have those affidavits and those affidavits form part of the court case. So what we have then apart from the judgment we have affidavits from the Financial Secretary and the Solicitor General indicating that the trust funds are for projects and not for distribution. And I could add that the beneficiaries or the persons who we are in dispute with also have those very same documents.”