Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : September 6th 2014 Contents A8
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"Oh tongue, you are the one selected to enjoy the sweet
taste; you speak truth that symbolises sacrifice! You respect
yourself and others. Without leaving your home, you attend
to your work, without friendship or friction with your neigh-
bours. How sweet are the words you speak? Oh noble one,
you recite lovely poems and sing beautiful songs. When
any tasty dish or fruit is given to you, you don't retain it, but
immediately send it down the gullet to the stomach. When
anything bitter is given, you spit it out, saving the stomach
from hardships. You are selfless, derive much joy in sharing
and are the epitome of tolerance. You live amidst 32 sharp
teeth, but intelligently and tactfully you conduct yourself
without getting a single cut. Please don't slip and utter inap-
propriate words at any time!" Thus, remind the tongue
about its noble qualities and teach it never to lose its repu-
tation by criticising others.
- My Dear Students, Vol 5, Ch 2, Mar 9, 1993.
What lessons can we learn
from our tongue?
Bhagawan lovingly reminds
us to tread the noble path,
in His own inimitable style.
When the tooth accidentally bites your tongue, do you get
angry and break the teeth that hurt it so? No! For, the teeth
and tongue are both yours! Similrly, the one who hurts you
and you, are both limbs of the sjme body called God. - Baba
Residents of Morne Coco are appealing to
the authorities to install clear road signs and
introduce a filter lane at their intersection,
to avoid any major accidents along the newly
constructed Diego Martin Highway.
These were the sentiments expressed yes-
terday by several residents who complained
that the new system has resulted in chaos and
has created lengthy delays for drivers seeking
to exit the area and join the flow of traffic.
Two elderly women awaiting transport at
the bus stop yesterday morning pointed to
some speeding drivers as they spoke of the
difficulty they endured on a daily basis.
Declining to reveal her name, one of the
women said, "The PH drivers speeding all the
time and when they have to drop us off, they
does just pull over. When they stop for us,
they stopping in the middle of the road and
we have to walk to get in the car."
The second lady explained that when there
was a bus at the queue, taxi, maxi and even
private drivers were having difficulty entering
the traffic flow, as there was no separate filter
lane for motorists not engaged in dropping
off or picking up commuters.
Private motorists are forced to use the same
lay-by being used by the bus, maxi and taxi
drivers, before joining the traffic flow.
Although the ladies were happy the road
works were completed, they believe officials
did not consider how the new measures would
adversely affect them, and they are calling
for some sort of relief in the situation.
A young mother and her child also com-
plained of the inconvenience of having to walk
down "way past" the designated bus stop in
order to get a taxi.
The woman claimed many private hire driv-
ers refused to stop for passengers, if they were
waiting "before" the bus stop, as they often
had difficulty pulling onto the lay-by which
was normally filled with waiting vehicles.
A PH driver who gave his name as Curtis
said: "It is harder to stop for passengers now,
especially around there. We does take a chance
but in the morning, not me."
Asked about the traffic flow at various times
of the day going into the Diego Martin area,
another driver who gave his name as Miguel
said mornings were the "most stressful."
Contacted yesterday, Director of the High-
ways Division Transport Ministry, Roger
Ganesh, said he was out of the country and
promised to respond to the concerns outlined
Ganesh is expected to return to the country
next week, following which he will address
the issues raised.
for Morne Coco
The People s Partnership Government
has failed the workers of this country and
the labour movement.
This was the view expressed by acting
president general of the Oilfields Workers
Trade Union (OWTU) Carlton Gibson yes-
terday, as he marched along with other union
members in front of the waterfront on
"The Government of T&T has failed in
the commitment given to the workers move-
ment in April of 2010, that is the Fyzabad
Accord where the workers agenda was pre-
sented to the Government and Government
accepted that workers would be placed at
the centre of development of T&T," Gibson
He said that after four years, the Gov-
ernment had failed miserably to implement
"We wish to let them know that the labour
movement is not going to forget or forgive
what they did to labour. Once more, the
labour movement has been betrayed by the
The march, which seemed aimed at
Labour Minister Errol McLeod, included
issues such as a low minimum wage, the
rights of workers to strike and the OSH Act.
The march took place three days before
Monday s budget presentation.
"We are going to have a budget read next
Monday and this PP government promised
workers that they were going to raise the
minimum wage to $20 an hour. There is a
minimum wage committee that met and
made a recommendation to the Government
of $16 per hour and we are saying that their
recommendation should be enforced.
"We also take serious umbrage to Cather-
ine Kumar s statements about the minimum
wage. Workers cannot survive on $500 per
week. If the minimum wage is amended the
workers would receive a salary of $800 per
week or $3200 a month."
Gibson said the right to strike should be
removed and all workers should have the
right to strike, including workers in the cen-
"Over the last four years attempts were
made to de-certify two trade unions---the
Communication Workers Trade Union and
the Transport Industrial Trade Union--- and
we want the act amended to ensure that
that is removed," Gibson said.
He called for security of tenure for mem-
bers of the Industrial Court.
"Right now the politicians appoint the
judges and the judges are forced to perhaps
give judgment in the favour of the Govern-
ment and we want that stopped. We want
to ensure that, similar to the high court
judges, that the industrial court judges are
appointed by the Judiciary."
He also said it was time to "plug the loop-
holes in the OSH Act.
"We have met with the Government to
discuss these issues and the Government is
not listening. Right now all their emphasis
is on how they can steal the elections next
year and we are saying once more that we
had a commitment by the Government and
we intend to have that commitment deliv-
Gibson said McLeod saw himself not as
a former trade unionist but as a politician.
"It is so sad. Not only the Minister of
labour but other politicians who have trade
union connections, Rudy Indarsingh and so
on, they have no concern for the workers.
All their concerns are really for their Gov-
Union leader: PP has
failed labour movement
Members of the Oilfields Workers' Trade Union protest outside the Ministry of Labour at
Tower C, International, Waterfront, Port-of-Spain yesterday. PHOTO: MICHEAL BRUCE
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