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Police officers who were expecting
salary negotiations to be settled yes-
terday were disappointed as they will
now have to return to the drawing
board next Tuesday.
Secretary of the Police Service Social
and Welfare Association Insp Michael
Seales said, yesterday, the officers were
asking for just .5 per cent more.
"The Chief Personnel Officer is
offering 14 per cent with increases in
the meal and housing allowances. But
we are saying transfer those increases
to the salary instead and it would just
amount to a .5 per cent more," Seales
He said it also appeared that Prime
Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar and
the CPO were saying two separate
At the opening of the Maloney Police
Station last week, Persad-Bissessar had
said the negotiations were about to be
concluded and that police officers
would be happy.
But Seales said it was disappointing
that the CPO had not brought the mat-
ter to a close.
He said the frustration of officers
was growing as week after week they
were hoping the matter would be set-
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Police, CPO haggle over half per cent
As the Route 3 Green Band
Maxi Taxi Association stuck to
its threat to withhold service to
the public, Claxton Bay pension-
ers and school children were
forced to wait for long hours in
sizzling weather yesterday.
The maxi taxi stand at St James
Street was empty. Not even the
"touts" and vendors showed up.
According to nearby shop owner
Andrew Kennedy, the usual crowd
of commuters was out by 5.30 am,
seemingly unaware of the drivers
protest. He said it was only when
they began walking toward the taxi
stand, word got around.
Taxi drivers for San
Fernando/Couva had to absorb the
influx of passengers as according
to Chaguanas taxi driver Mark
Greenidge, people who use green
band maxi taxis usually dropped
out in the communities along the
Southern Main Road between
Chaguanas and San Fernando.
Therefore, he said, commuters
from those communities would be
This proved to be true for res-
idents who crowded Claxton Bay
Junction hoping to go either side
of the rural community as the
available taxis and PH maxi taxis
were not able to meet the
Sitting under a shed, Franklyn
Roopchansingh, 77, had to prop
himself on his cane as the hour-
long wait for transport was too
much for his feeble body.
He said he had to visit his doctor
in Princes Town who had been
treating him since he suffered a
stroke four years ago. Because he
has cataracts in his eyes and cannot
read the newspapers, he was
unaware of the protest.
"I can t even walk good so I have
my cane with me. This morning
I can t get a taxi or private car to
take me to the Princes Town taxi
stand in San Fernando. I can t take
the bus because it will not drop
me off where I need to go,"
Dolly Ramtahal, 88, stood on
the pavement for over two hours
as she, too, waited for transporta-
tion to be taken to a doctor.
"It is real hell here. I came here
since 7.30 am to go Marabella by
the doctor and I can t get nothing.
No maxis, no taxis, no bus. Who
strong could rush and who can t,
well, they just have to stand up
here like me. I was feeling sick
whole night last night and I said
I would visit the doctor today,"
At 9.25 am, Natalie Mohammed
said she had been waiting for
transportation since 7 am for her
three children to attended the San
Fernando Methodist Primary
Some people took maxis without
bands while a few commuters were
allowed to buy tickets from pas-
sengers already aboard a PTSC bus.
Government is moving quickly to
purchase a parcel of privately owned
land they have valued at $1.5 million
for Chaguanas maxi taxi drivers.
This was disclosed by Transport Min-
ister Stephen Cadiz yesterday, hours
after Route Three (green band) maxi taxi
drivers parked up their vehicles and
staged an all-day protest at the stand
on a side road opposite Mid Centre Mall
They were served with an eviction
notice by the land owner who has given
them until June 6 to vacate the premises
they have been occupying as a maxi taxi
stand for 15 years.
The drivers are also resisting any plan
to relocate them and insist they will
accept nothing less at the moment than
more time to stay on the spot.
Hours after they began the protest,
Cadiz told the Guardian that the parcel
of land had been valued at $1.5 million
and negotiations with the owner had
"The owner has not agreed to this
price. He said the land is valued more."
Well-placed sources said the owner
was asking for more than $4.5 million
for the land.
Cadiz said the Government had also
asked the land owner to extend the evic-
tion notice until the end of July to allow
negotiations to continue.
The move came soon after Port-of-
Spain Mayor Gopaul Boodan visited the
maxi taxi drivers on the stand. Boodan
assured them the situation would be
The maxi taxi operators said they
transported thousands of people from
Chaguanas to Port-of-Spain and San
Fernando and back and if they didn t
work commuters would be stranded.
Cadiz said, however, there were no
reports that their protest had had any
major impact on commuters.
He said the Public Transport Service
Corporation (PTSC) was instructed to
ensure that every affected route was
There were no crowds of stranded
commuters in Chaguanas yesterday
morning and evening. Regular taxi drivers
and PH cars were out in full force.
One taxi driver said a lot of people
stayed home, as well, when they heard
of the protest.
Chaos as Green Band
maxis stick to threat
State moves to
buy parcel of land
Members of the Route 3 Maxi Taxi Association protest their eviction
from Manic Street, Chaguanas. PHOTO: MARCUS GONZALES
Commuters wait for alternative transportation along the Southern Main Road,
Claxton Bay, after drivers of the Route 3 Maxi Taxi Association withheld their
services, yesterday. PHOTO: RISHI RAGOONATH
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