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Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, West Indies
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-
Bissessar and her Cabinet could face
imprisonment, fines or sequestration
of property for contempt of court if
they fail to comply with a Privy Council
ruling involving municipal police offi-
So said former attorney general
Ramesh Lawrence Maharaj as he vowed
to initiate civil contempt proceedings
against members of Cabinet by June 18,
if it failed to draft appropriate regulations
to give municipal officers the legal
authority to resolve salary, allowance
and other pay-related disputes before
the Industrial Court.
Speaking during a press conference
at his San Fernando office on Monday,
Maharaj said taxpayers would have to
fork out over $153 million to compensate
municipal police officers if Government
failed to abide by the Privy Council ruling
handed down on January 21.
"Taxpayers of T&T will one day have
to pay for the reckless disobedience of
this court order by this Government,"
Maharaj said, adding that the Privy
Council also ordered Government to
pay a punitive sum for each day that
the regulation was not created.
In its ruling, the Privy Council, the
highest court in T&T s judicial system,
mandated that Government enact reg-
ulations under Section 26 of the Statu-
tory Authorities Act to allow municipal
officers the opportunity to settle pay
and allowance disputes before a court
"As it stands, officers do not have
access to the Industrial Court because
their association has no statutory recog-
nition," Maharaj explained, adding: "This
means that officers cannot get equality
of treatment. Unlike regular police offi-
cers, their disputes cannot be referred
to an independent special tribunal,"
"Because of the failure of the Gov-
ernment to make regulations to give the
association statutory recognition, munic-
ipal officers are being denied their basic
human rights," Maharaj said.
Asked why the Government had not
abided by the ruling, Maharaj said since
January, several letters had been written
to the Minister of Local Government,
the Attorney General and the Prime
Minister demanding that Government
pay the damages and compensation,
but no response had been forthcoming.
He said officers had no other choice
but to initiate civil proceedings against
the Cabinet for contempt of court.
"It is contempt of court for a party
to break the undertaking given by the
court. The sanction which the law gives
to the court to deal with a finding of
civil contempt of court includes impris-
onment, fines or sequestration of prop-
erty," Maharaj said.
Accusing the Government of making
a mockery of the Constitution by dis-
regarding the law, Maharaj said once he
was directed by the officers, he would
initiate proceedings to have the Prime
Minister and her Cabinet charged for
Meanwhile, retired inspector Selwyn
Joseph said even though municipal offi-
cers had won two judgments in their
favour from the Court of Appeal and
the Privy Council, they were suffering.
"We have retired and we have no sta-
tus about our pension. Some of us served
for over 30 years and even those of us
who are still working are facing a dis-
parity in wages compared to regular
police," Joseph said.
Local artist Lisa O'Connor works on her latest piece The Flamboyant Tree, at the Queen's Park
Savannah, for her year-end exhibition. PHOTO: NICOLE DRAYTON
Deadline looms on Privy Council
ruling for municipal officers
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