Interview with PSA President Watson Duke on his decision to call on workers to leave buildings in Port-of-Spain.
Minister of National Security and Communications, Stuart Young, has condemned a decision by the president of the Public Service Association (PSA), Watson Duke, to call on workers to vacate their offices following an aftershock this morning.
Duke used a loudspeaker to make his called as he walked through streets of the capital city.
But speaking at today's post-Cabinet news conference, Young denounced Duke's call.
The Oilfields Workers' Trade Union will meet with Prime Minister Keith Rowley at 10.30 am tomorrow to discuss matters related to the restructuring of Petrotrin.
OWTU's Chief Education and Research Officer, Ozzi Warwick said the six-member union team will be led by OWTU President General, Ancel Roget.
Warwick said the meeting was requested by Rowley last week and OWTU accepted the invitation.
After giving the Government a failing grade during his performance appraisal at the annual Labour Day rally in Fyzabad, Joint Trade Union Movement (JTUM) leader Ancel Roget called on citizens to use the PNM’s third anniversary in office, September 7, to rest and reflect.
His call came immediately after JTUM presented a large report card on stage at Charlie King Junction and asked the unionists gathered to grade the Government on its handling of crime, the economy, labour, health and education.
Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar says the lessons of the pioneers who fought for all our rights, from the famous ones to the unnamed marchers and hunger strikers, should forever endure and inspire us all in these times of despair.
She gave this statement in celebration of Labour Day.
"Eighty-one (81) years ago, the trade union movement of Trinidad and Tobago was officially cemented as a viable and social, economic and political force on June 19, 1937, when the Butler Oilfield Riots occurred, creating, essentially, the very foundation of our modern-day democracy.
Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley says Government and Labour are not pursuing opposing objectives.
The prime minister issued the following statement in celebration of Labour Day:
"Fellow citizens, today, we celebrate Labour Day in our beloved Trinidad and Tobago. In so doing, it is imperative that we are mindful of the significance of this day and why we commemorate it each and every year.
Four months after being dismissed, 13 PSA workers will be reinstated and compensated for damages.
Today, the Industrial Court ruled in favour of the employees and ordered that they be returned to their positions, paid their February-May salaries and $10,000 each for damages.
PSA president Watson Duke was accused of acting contrary to proper labour laws and outside of his authority when he dismissed the workers for wearing their representing union, BIGWU's, t-shirt.
The incident occurred in February.