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RACHAEL ESPINET AND
Three men were killed In T&T
between Monday night and yes-
terday in three separate incidents.
In the first incident, police said
Nigel "Kumo" George, 44, was
killed in a shootout in Barataria on
Police said around 10 pm, George,
of Sawmill Avenue, Barataria, was
found by officers attached to the
Morvant CID and Hotspot Patrol
who had responded to a report of
gunshots in the area.
He was taken to the Port-of-
Spain General Hospital where he
was pronounced dead on arrival.
Hours laters, around 2.30 am,
41-year-old Mathew Downes was
found slumped behind the wheel
of his car along Bagatelle Road, San
Juan. Police said they received a
report of a shooting in the area and
later found Downes dead. Downs
lived at Laventille Road, San Juan.
In the most recent incident,
police said Shan "Bepper" Bhaijoo,
29, was found dead at David Toby
Road, Madras. He had been shot in
Police claimed Bhaijoo was a
known drug dealer but speaking
with the T&T Guardian last night,
Bhaijoo's brother, who asked not
to be identified, denied his brother's
involvement in the drug trade.
He, however, claimed that Bhaijoo
met with him at Paul Augustus
Road, where he (Bhaijoo) rented an
apartment and divulged critical
information to him.
"He told me that his life was
threatened and people had threat-
ened to kill him. He also told me
the names of the people who want-
ed him dead," Bhaijoo's brother said.
Bhaijoo worked at a agricultural
shop in the area.
One villager said: "I know him.
He was last seen on Sunday when
he went to buy bread and a soft
drink. He was very quiet and some-
times not seen much."
An autopsy will be carried out
at the Forensic Sciences Complex,
St James, today.
Officers from the Cunupia Police
Station are investigating.
The murder toll is now 117
according to the Homicide Bureau
Scores of workers from the
T&T Postal Workers Union
(TTPWU) yesterday gathered
outside the Chief Personnel Offi-
cer s (CPO) St Vincent Street,
Port-of-Spain, offices to protest
against stalled wage negotiations.
This was the third protest from
the union but by far the largest
for this period, TTPWU general
secretary Reginald Crichlow said.
"We are here to protest the slow
start of our wage negotiation. The
past protests had just the executive
coming out to protest against the
"However, today disgruntled
members have joined with us to
show that they want their salary
negotiations to begin," he said,
adding protest action may inten-
sify if workers do not get the wage
increases they have been asking
for.The TTPWU has proposed a 22
per cent salary increase and job
evaluation for the period 2011 to
2013 to the CPO. The last salary
increase they received was for the
At the first protest, TTPWU
president David Forbes said CPO
Stephanie Lewis did not notify
TTPost managers how they would
proceed with the negotiations. F
Forbes said the TTPWU had
submitted its proposal in a timely
manner but was still awaiting a
Along with a 22 per cent
increase in wages, the TTPWU is
asking for a job evaluation, which
was done in 2010, to be considered
for salary adjustment and promo-
TTPost managing director
Reynold Baldeosingh was at yes-
terday's meeting with the CPO as
the workers protested outside.
Speaking after the meeting,
Baldeosingh told T&T Guardian t
he was given approval from the
CPO to grant the non-cost items
the union requested. However, the
cost items, such as salary increas-
es, are yet to be approved.
Postal workers step up protest action
Daily paid workers from the Solid
Waste Management Company Lim-
ited (SWMCOL) are demanding an
increase in wages or the country s
landfills may be shut down.
Members of the Industrial General
and Sanitation Workers Union yes-
terday held another protest outside
both the Beetham and Guanapo
landfills to have their wage negoti-
Workers gathered outside the
landfills blocking the access road to
the tipping area. This resulted in dis-
ruptions to service delivery at both
At about 10.15 am members of the
company's management, escorted
by police officers, convinced the pro-
testers to remove debris blocking the
entrance to the landfills.
President of the union Robert Ben-
cia said daily paid workers at the
landfills worked in extremely haz-
ardous conditions and they should
be paid a fair wage.
He said if the wishes of the work-
ers were not dealt with then there
would be an increase in action which
may lead to both landfills being shut
"If we don't get a response from
the CPO (Chief Personnel Officer)
or the responsible ministers we will
continue protest action. If we don't
get a response we may cause the
shutdown of the landfills," Bencia
Bencia said the workers were living
on wages negotiated for the period
2008 to 2010 which were agreed on
"Negotiations for the period of
2011-2013 have been effectively
stalled by the failure of the inter-
ministerial committee and the CPO's
office as they have not instructed
the SWMCOL management to con-
tinue with negotiations.
"All of the non-cost items were
agreed to nearly a year ago. We are
in 2015 and we are saying we need
to see progress," he said.
Bencia said the daily paid workers
have been underpaid for a long time
and they deserved a raise in salary
that was comparable to City Cor-
He said the rates for the City Cor-
poration workers were roughly 45
per cent more than SWMCOL daily
He said at the lowest wage a daily
paid worker could receive $157 a day
and the highest, which usually goes
to a skilled labourer, like a welder or
fabricator, was $200 a day.
The lowest daily-paid worker from
the Port-of-Spain City Corporation
receives $235 a day and the highest-
paid worker receives $379.
That was respectively a 66.8 per
cent and a 53.3 per cent increase for
the daily paid workers, he added.
"We have people doing some seri-
ously dangerous work. Offer a decent
pay to the workers. We work in one
of the most hazardous places in the
country. Our workers face serious
health problems, like respiratory and
skin diseases and even cancer. They
deserve decent wages," he said.
A release from Alison Awai, cor-
porate communications specialist of
SWMCOL, said: "The company con-
tinues to acknowledge the concerns
as outlined by the workers and the
company continues to make repre-
sentation to the relevant bodies to
ensure resolution of the issues at
Threat to shut down
landfills over wages
A policeman speaks to a SWMCOL worker during their protest demonstration outside Beetham landfill yesterday.
PHOTO: MARCUS GONZALES
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