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.
Dr. Phillips says if the Government was to forego the levy, they would be betraying the legacy of former Prime Minister Michael Manley.
Dr. Phillips says the Government is focused on preserving the jobs of approximately 2,000 Jamaicans employed by Noranda.
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