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Beach workers claim lay-offs, sub-contractor says not the case

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) -

Correction: The original version of this report stated that RCI was hired by BP. In fact, it was hired by another Mississippi company to train and employ beach cleanup crews, and not BP. The company represented at a Friday scheduling meeting was the same Mississippi company that hired RCI, and not BP.

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - About 30 beach clean-up workers staged a protest Saturday afternoon claiming they'd been laid-off without notice and earned pay.

Workers claim, RCI, a company based out of Louisiana laid them off when they reported to work Saturday morning.

The company, which has a location in Gulfport off 29th Street is a sub-contractor under BP. It's charged with hiring and overseeing local clean-up workers.

However, Company President, Joseph Rotolo, Jr. said that's not the case. He said BP handed them a schedule, Friday evening, telling sub-contractors to reduce the amount of hours, not workers needed for clean-up at this time.

Rotolo also said all workers have been paid up for time worked.

WLOX is following the story. Hear from workers, RCI and BP as WLOX tries to sort out what happened on WLOX News and WLOX.com.

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