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The State will have to pay out $1.9 billion
in arrears to public servants within the
next few months, after the Public Services
Association (PSA) yesterday signed a col-
lective bargaining agreement for a 14 per
cent salary increase, including a hike in
The State will additionally pay $325 million
in recurrent expenditure to cover the salary
This was revealed by Minister in the Min-
istry of Finance Rudranath Indarsingh yes-
terday as he spoke to public servants at the
signing of the agreement at the Cascadia
Hotel, St. Ann s.
"Today, you are the beneficiary of a 14
per cent increase with COLA after 14 meet-
ings which will cost the Government of T&T
over a billion in arrears and 325 million in
terms of per annum of recurrent expendi-
ture," he said.
PSA president Watson Duke said while
public servants were glad to have the agree-
ment signed, it was just another step towards
them receiving market rates.
He said he expected public servants to
receive salary adjustments and arrears within
a few months.
"We expect new salaries and backpay to
be within three months time. We, however,
would try to get it done before that because
we understand people have need for this
money and it is quite urgent and it should
not be delayed."
He said the PSA expected public officers
to enjoy terms of employment and conditions
of service akin to that of serving a king, so
that they in turn could provide first-class
service to the public.
"We expect public officers to be more
productive and to live by the words of Jesus,
do unto others as you would have them do
unto you. So as they render excellent service
they would also expect excellent service,"
"One of the things we sometimes forget
is that we too are members of the public
and so when we serve we expect the same
service back and it will be the dawn of a
new day, it would be a revolutionary change.
This money would act as an incentive."
Duke said in the next few months the
PSA expected to conclude a job evaluation
exercise which would mean contemporary
salaries in line with contemporary jobs.
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Questions have been raised over how two police-
men accused of a combined total of 12 criminal
charges, including bribery and grievous sexual
assault, were released on bail before appearing in
Magistrate Gail Gonzales raised the issue yesterday
as PC Adrian Jack and Special Reserve Police (SRP)
Omari Gonsales appeared before her in the Port-
of-Spain Magistrate s Court to answer the charges.
"I am shocked that bail was granted at the station.
I am very concerned by this because these are very
serious allegations," Gonzales said as she revoked
the duo s $300,000 bail bonds, which were granted
by a justice of the peace shortly after they were
charged by detectives of the Professional Standards
Bureau on Thursday night.
She then granted Jack and Gonsales $500,000
and $300,000 bail, respectively.
Gonzales decision meant that the officers rel-
atives were forced to scramble to obtain the doc-
uments required to secure bail for a second time
yesterday. And although they were able to do so
by yesterday afternoon, the T&T Guardian under-
stands that they were unsuccessful in obtaining
approval from a clerk of the peace at the St Vincent
Street courthouse. As a result, the two policemen
will be forced to spend the weekend at the Port-
of-Spain State Prison.
It was also a difficult day for media personnel
covering the case yesterday, as Gonzales cleared
the court of all members of the public except for
the policemen s families before she read the charges---
a process sometimes followed in cases of sexual
offences to protect the identity of the victim.
The policemen also received the sympathy of
their colleagues, who formed a human barricade
to block photographers, cameramen and curious
onlookers from catching a glimpse of them as they
were being transferred out of the court.
Jack and Gonsales will reappear in court on April
9. Jack, of Curepe, and Gonsales, of Laventille, are
facing a total of 12 criminal charges arising out of
an incident involving a female suspect which
occurred last month.
Both officers are jointly charged with kidnapping
the woman, falsely imprisoning her and corruptly
accepting $1,800 and $3,000 from her as a reward
for not prosecuting her for marijuana possession.
Jack is facing four additional charges for perverting
the course of justice by dishonestly attempting to
manipulate the outcome of an investigation, for
soliciting a bribe from the victim and for committing
indecent and grievous sexual assault on her.
All the charges arose out of an incident on Feb-
ruary 25 which started with the woman s arrest
during a road block exercise at Saddle Road, Maraval.
The sexual assaults allegedly took place later in a
police car along North Coast Road, Maracas.
The officers, who were last assigned to the Maraval
and Four Roads Police Stations, will be suspended
by the T&T Police Service until their case is deter-
Duke urges productivity
GETTING IT RIGHT
A story on page A14 of yesterday's
paper incorrectly attributed comment
on three possible dates for this year's
general election to University of the
West Indies lecturer Dr Maukesh
Basdeo. The information was not in fact
given by Basdeo. We apologise to
Basdeo for the error.
A story on Page A9 of yesterday's
paper incorrectly stated that HDC's
corporate communications manager
Maurisa Findlay said 669 houses will be
given out today at Carlsen Field in
central Trinidad. The HDC is in fact
giving out 100 houses every week.
Our apologies for the error.
A story on page A5 of yesterday's
paper incorrectly reported that
Cassandra Patrovani-Sylvester was one
of the auditors who recently completed
an NGC audit. She in fact was NGC's
former Vice President, Human and
jail for cops
State faces $2B payout after PSA deal
In addressing the public servants on
hand, Chief Personnel Officer Stephanie
Lewis explained the process for
"It takes a lot of resources, long
nights, because whatever happens in
each meeting, usually a lot of follow-up
and a lot of research has to be done
because you can't come to the
negotiations table unprepared.
"The PSA is always prepared,
interested, they do their homework
when they come," Lewis said.
Indarsingh spoke about government's
accomplishments on the labour front
and in managing the economy over the
past four years.
"He also encouraged public servants
to ensure that there was productivity.
"From that end you can see what we
are doing to bring about an
improvement in your quality of life and
standard of living. I call upon the PSA
and its officers and membership, that
you have a sense of duty to T&T to
ensure that there is productivity to meet
the demands of the population of this
"At the end of the day you are an
important component in the delivery of
services to the citizenry of this country.
"You will be judged on your sense of
commitment to duty and your sense of
customer care and, in that regard, I urge
you to understand that you have a
responsibility to your union, to yourself,
to your family and, foremost, a
responsibility to the citizens of T&T."
Chief Personnel Officer Stephanie Lewis, centre, looks on as president of the Public
Services Association, Watson Duke, right, signs the collective bargaining agreement for a
14 per cent salary increase for public servants during yesterday's signing ceremony at the
Cascadia Hotel, St Ann's. At left is Minister in the Ministry of Finance, Rudranath
Indarsingh. PHOTO: SHIRLEY BAHADUR
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