The National Trade Union Centre (NATUC) is renewing its calls for government to address all outstanding negotiations without further delay.
In an official statement issued today, NATUC argues that government’s excuses—that the “country has no money, so wages and salaries increases cannot be paid at this time” or the other narrative “if we pay the increase of wages and salaries, government workers will have to be retrenched”—are misleading and calculated to put fear in the hearts of workers.
Former government minister, Ralph Maraj, says it is critical that the United National Congress clear the air—very quickly—on allegations of its seeming relationship with Cambridge Analytica and the possibly illegal use of citizens’ private information for political purposes.
He believes the probe, which the national security minister signalled yesterday that government intends to launch, will answer several crucial questions.
The Point Fortin hospital is set to be completed and opened within the next four months.
The announcement was made by Minister of Health Terrence Deyalsingh during the Urgent Questions session in the Senate, today.
“My information is it will be opened by March 2020,” Deyalsingh said.
This, as two subcontractors took legal action against a company linked to the main contractor, over funding for work on the Point Fortin Hospital, Austrian firm Vamed.
The People's National Movement (PNM) has responded to what it says were the “offensive remarks” made by president of the Public Service Association, Watson Duke.
At a news conference yesterday, Mr Duke urged all public servants who have not received a pay increase since 2013—particularly those who support the ruling People’s National Movement—not to vote in the upcoming Local Government Elections.
Former health minister, Dr Fuad Khan, is demanding that the current health minister retract his allegation that the People’s Partnership Government hid critical information on the H1N1 virus and related deaths in the country.
The call comes in the wake of statements Terrence Deyalsingh made at a PNM political meeting in Tunapuna, this week.
According to Minister Deyalsingh, former Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar allegedly instructed public officials to hide swine flu mortality statistics, during the period 2013 to 2015.
The Joint Select Committee on Energy Affairs had their 13th meeting today at the office of the Parliament.
The meeting was held in camera (private). This is the first meeting of the energy JSC in roughly two years.
Thousands of drivers were affected yesterday as Unipet’s 21 service stations across the country remained closed when dealers sought to send a message to the Government that the profits they were making were way too low for them to consider staying in business.
The closure of the stations led to pressure on the 100-plus NP service stations that remained open as workers at those stations found themselves flooded with more vehicles than they usually catered for daily.
Local government representative for the Cedros community, Shankar Teelucksingh, says they are bracing for the sea to invade more of the area, as weather patterns continue to change, and sea levels rise.
Recent viral videos in social media show sea water entering people’s homes.
Councillor Shankar Teelucksingh told us the Bonasse Housing Scheme was affected the most by the recent invading sea waters. He notes in addition, fisherfolk were hard hit as their camps were flooded, their nets damaged and their boats swamped. Some 200 fishermen were affected, overall.
The National Petroleum Marketing Company (NP) has sought to dispel claims that of a proposed shutdown of fuel operations due to occur today.
However, the Petroleum Dealers Association (PDA) is not saying for certain if it sanctioned a shutdown.
Mexico's president has defended freeing drug kingpin Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán's son soon after his arrest.
When Ovidio Guzmán López was seized at a house on a judge's warrant in the city of Culiacán, cartel gunmen fought street battles with security forces.
At least eight people were reportedly killed and 21 wounded, with vehicles left burning in the streets.
President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said the decision to cancel the arrest had saved lives.