Health Minister: 100 percent turnout of healthcare workers

Minister of Health, Terrance Deylasingh says the health sector has seen a 100 percent turnout of health workers today.

The Minister said that in some cases, the figure is even above 100 percent.

"Last week I informed our citizens that our healthcare workers have earned the respect of a grateful nation. Today, not only have they earned our renewed respect, but they have also earned our eternal gratitude and trust," the minister said. 

Minister: Turnout above 50% in both primary & secondary schools

Education Minister Anthony Garcia says the attendance of teachers at both primary and secondary schools, is above 50 percent.

The Minister gave an update at a news conference Friday morning.

"We are very heartened by the response of teachers today," he said.

He added: "In the majority of our schools we have had an acceptable area of attendance that tells us that the majority of teachers decided to accept their responsibilities to their students."

He said that of the seven education districts, the attendance at primary school was 50 percent.

Business as usual in San Fernando but some schools affected

Operations continued as usual at the San Fernando Accident and Emergency department as a full complement of staff turned up for duty. 

Fourteen people were awaiting medical treatment and several who were interviewed commended the staff for turning out. 

Sharon Ramrattan who came out with her son Shiva said she was thankful there was staff to see about her son.

She said there was no traffic getting into the city adding that it appeared many other people supported the call by the Oilfield Workers Trade Union to engage in a day of rest and reflection.

No solution following PM, union meeting

"Tomorrow's rest and reflection is on more than ever."

That's the word from President General of the Oilfields Workers Trade Union (OWTU), following a meeting with the government at the Office of the Prime Minister today.

Speaking outside the Prime Minister's office, Roget, surrounded by several other trade union leaders, announced that they were going "immediately" into an emergency session which he deemed, "the War Room".

He said they would then make a decision there on what will come next.

TTMA objects to nationwide shutdown

The Trinidad and Tobago Manufacturers’ Association (TTMA) says a nationwide shutdown on Friday will negatively impact the interests of the majority of citizens.

The TTMA is the latest organisation to object to the nationwide shutdown on Friday.

The TTMA issued the following statement on Tuesday.

"The Trinidad and Tobago Manufacturers’ Association (TTMA) stands in solidarity with all unions negotiating for safe working conditions, fair wages and the best interests of their workers. 

ECA: Employers have no obligation to pay workers who are absent on Friday

The Employers' Consultative Association (ECA) is reminding citizens that employers have no obligation under law to pay workers who stay away from work on Friday. 

The ECA says citizens must be mindful that a national shutdown, even for a short period, can impact this country's ability to compete globally.

The ECA issued the following statement on Tuesday.

"It is no secret that our nation continues to face tough economic times.

Duke takes rest & reflect call to San Fernando

PSA president Watson Duke walks through High Street, San Fernando today, calling on workers to stay away from work on Friday. He made the walk soon after several trade union leaders met in San Fernando to further addres Friday's planned day of "rest and reflection".

Video & photo by Kristian De Silva. 

Chamber condemns OWTU's "irresponsible" call to mobilise

The Chamber of Industry and Commerce is calling on citizens all Petrotrin stakeholders to adopt a level-headed approach and work collaboratively for a successful way forward.

The Chamber said in a statement Monday that it deems the call by the president of the Oilfields Workers Trade Union (OWTU), a retrograde step that may simply serve to undermine the economy, and ultimately harm the very persons it is intended to help.

Minister sounds stern warning against staying away from work on Friday

Minister of Public Administration, Marlene Mc Donald is seeking to discourage citizens from adhering to calls made by labour leaders, to stay away from their jobs on Friday.

In a statement issued on Monday, the ministry said the minister wishes to discourage citizens from taking "such irresponsible and injudicious action".

She is reminding public servants that, as a rule, persons employed in the essential services are prohibited from withholding their services whether or not in sympathy with institutions in which they are not employed.