Finance Minister Dr. Peter Phillips says the Government does not believe claims by operators of the Noranda Bauxite company in St. Ann, that paying an outstanding USD$15-million levy could cripple its operations.

Dr. Phillips was addressing the House of Representatives on Tuesday.

Noranda has threatened to send home a significant portion of its workforce, as it says paying the levy would hurt its ability to survive.

Dr. Phillips says the facts do not support Noranda’s argument.

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Dr. Phillips says if the Government was to forego the levy, they would be betraying the legacy of former Prime Minister Michael Manley.

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Dr. Phillips says the Government is focused on preserving the jobs of approximately 2,000 Jamaicans employed by Noranda.

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