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Scores of pensioners and recipients of
disability grants staged an impromptu
protest outside the TTPost New Grant
office on Monday claiming they were being
held to ransom by postal workers who
were withholding their cheques as a bar-
gaining chip to settle an outstanding wage
The protesters, numbering close to 40,
later stormed into the public area in the
building saying they were not leaving until
they got their cheques.
All of the postal workers in the small
building vacated their post and hid in anoth-
er enclosed section. None of them ventured
out during the hour members of the media
Protesters said when they went to collect
their monthly cheques at the post office on
Monday morning postal workers were
engaged in industrial and pensioners could
not get them.
They were informed the cheques were
there but a supervisor said they were not.
"That is a lie," one woman who identified
herself as Lisa Rampersad said.
"The postman came this morning and
said all the cheques were here.
"He said he drop it since Friday. Down
to the security said the cheques were here,
so why lie?
"Give the people their cheques and let
them go and see about their children," said
Rampersad who said she came to collect a
disability cheque for her ailing child.
Shanti Singh, who also came to collect
her disability cheque, said they had a similar
experience last year.
"Last year they called a similar strike and
nobody could get their money. There is a
supervisor inside who does not treat cus-
tomers good at all. We need to get involved
and get her removed," Singh said.
She pointed out that part of the post
office was opened and people were coming
to collect their utility bills and other domestic
mail, but no cheques were being delivered.
"If they say strike, then strike but don t
hold us to ransom.
"This is not right. They don t know what
poor people going through."
Leaning on a box for support, Ivy St Claire
said she travelled all the way from Indian
Walk to collect her cheque and had to leave
"I came for my cheque because I have to
go clinic tomorrow and I have no money,"
St Claire said as she sought in vain for a
seat to rest her weary body.
"How they want people to live," Jason
Ramdial who suffers with seizures asked,
saying he was depending on his cheque to
make his groceries.
Mahadeo Ramrattan who suffers with
multiple disabilities said Princes Town had
no post office so thousands of people had
to come to the post office at Seecharan
"Thousands of people are affected by
their industrial action. They can t keep back
a poor man s pension and disability because
they have a 2010 wage problem."
Suresh Gagadhar had a solution: "If they
don t want to work fire them and let other
people do the job. There are thousands of
other people who want to work."
Several calls to the cellphone of Public
Utilities Minister Nizam Baksh were not
Jaheam Bharath is
only eight years old
and said he has been a
victim of bullying at
school since in first
The many alleged
incidents of bullying
over the years while
attending the Dinsley-
Primary School cli-
maxed traumatically for
him last week Wednesday when he was attacked by
the uncle of a pupil while on the school compound.
He was allegedly strangled and his neck twisted
allegedly by the adult.
Speaking with the T&T Guardian on Friday, in the
presence of his mother, Donna Campbell, Bharath
of Five Rivers in Arouca told his story.
"The principal said to us that nobody supposed
to litter. So when I saw a boy littering I told him to
pick it up from the ground but instead he pushed
me. I pushed him back and he hit me on my right
shoulder," Bharath, who is a Standard Two pupil said.
He said the boy s uncle came to pick him up after
school was dismissed and he told him what had hap-
pened between him and the boy.
"The boy tell his uncle and his uncle come and
start to choke me and lifted me up while holding my
neck and he twisted it. It real paining me," Bharath
said. The Standard Two pupil who was subsequently
picked up by his mother, told her what happened
and she took him to the Arima Hospital for a check-
up.Campbell, 46, said doctors treated Bharath with
urgency. "They did an X-ray and then put him in a
brace because he cannot move his neck around. He
is also getting excruciating pains with it," she said.
Campbell said she has since lodged a report at the
Arouca Police Station but expressed disappointment
by the police s alleged inactions to locate the suspect.
"To my knowledge they have not done anything
about it and I want to know why that man is still
out there. I thought by now they would have picked
him up," she said.
Campbell said she also informed the principal and
several other teachers in the school.
Pensioners protest as postal
workers withhold cheques
An angry Lisa Rampersad at TTPost's New Grant office after she was unable to collect her welfare cheque. PHOTO: RISHI RAGOONATH
The Police Service and the Ministry of Education
launched an anti-bullying campaign on May 13, 2015,
titled "Be a Buddy...Not a Bully."
During the launch, on allegations that principals and
teachers of schools hide incidents of bullying, school
violence, drug use, sex in schools, the ministry's chief
education officer, Harrylal Seecharan, said the ministry
has mandated that they report such incidents to the
ministry so that there could be some sort of
intervention. Efforts to reach Seecharan for comment
with regards to the latest bullying allegations at the
Dinsley-Trincity Government Primary School proved
Standard Two pupil
suffers neck injury
after adult attack
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