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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Political leader of the People s National Movement
(PNM) Dr Keith Rowley says he intends to initiate a
memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the labour
movement to allow its input on national issues and at
the level of state enterprises.
Rowley and a team of PNM officials, including head of
the party s Labour Relations Committee Jennifer Baptiste-
Primus, met for the second time with members of the
Joint Trade Union Movement (JTUM), led by Oilfields
Workers Trade Union president (OWTU) Ancel Roget.
The meeting was a part of a series of consultations on
political party policies regarding labour relations issues. It
was held at the Banking, Insurance and General Workers
Union offices, Barataria.
JTUM previously met with the PNM and was present-
ed with a policy document which it intended
to respond to yesterday.
The policy of having labour members on state boards
is not a new one, as the People s Partnership made
and realised a similar promise in 2010.
However, two years later, prior to leaving
the partnership, political leader of the
Movement for Social Justice (MSJ)
David Abdulah, pulled its members
from state boards by listing a
number of board-level failures
arising from state appoint-
Addressing the media prior
to the meeting, Roget said
JTUM would meet next
Tuesday and Wednesday
respectively with the Inde-
pendent Liberal Party (ILP)
and MSJ to discuss their poli-
cies regarding labour.
He added: "Us being the
labour movement, trade unions
representing the interests of work-
ers, it is our duty and responsibility
to examine in a most thorough man-
ner any political party who is vying
from governance, its
policy on labour.
"If we didn t do that, we would be failing in our
duty to see a party getting into office without us exam-
ining what their position was on labour, which at the
end of the day would inform their respect for and how
they will treat with the labour movement."
Roget said the labour movement had a very difficult
five years, saying the labour leaders were disappointed
with the People s Partnership (PP) treatment
of labour issues.
He added: "We, therefore, immediately on taking the
decision to examine these policies we decided that we
are not going to take or have any interaction with the
PP, who had as its responsibility the workers agenda to
implement and failed to do so.
"We will have no interaction with the UNC s mani-
festo or have any kind of dialogue with them, simply
because as I said, they had given a firm commitment to
implement the workers agenda and place workers at the
centre of the development process in the country.
"What we experienced was workers being placed at
the centre of a vicious attack by those who deceived
them. We will do serious business with people who are
serious about development."
Rowley said yesterday s meeting was the last with
trade unions before the party finalised its manifesto
which is expected to be presented to the country in the
next two weeks.
Embattled former Fifa vice-pres-
ident Jack Warner is embroiled
once more in another legal con-
troversy, this time between the
Chaguanas Vendors Associ-
ation and the Chaguanas
The Vendors Associa-
tion, supported by Warner,
filed for judicial review of
the CBC s decision to renege
on its promise to build a vendors mall
at the old Chaguanas Health Centre
site and to not move the vendors
from that site.
The matter was heard for the
first time before Justice James
Aboud in the San Fernando
High Court yesterday.
Attorney Lester Chariah,
directed by attorney Rekha
Ramjit, appeared on behalf of
the vendors, with attorney
Kelvin Ramkissoon appearing
on behalf of the defendants,
It is the vendors claim that
they were given legitimate expec-
tation by the corporation, through
Warner, that they would remain
at the old Chaguanas Health
Centre compound where a ven-
dors mall would be built to
accommodate them properly.
However, in their defence,
Ramkissoon told the court that
the CBC had no records of mak-
ing any such promise to the ven-
Earlier this year in the Port-
of-Spain High Court, Justice
Judith Jones granted an injunction
preventing the CBC from relo-
cating vendors from the health
centre compound to the old
Globe cinema compound in
Warner, who was present in
court yesterday, is named as a
witness in the matter and has
sworn affidavits in support of
Chaguanas mayor, Gopaul
Boodan, and former Mayor,
Orlando Nagessar, were also
present in court.
Ramkissoon asked the
court to strike out several sen-
tences of Warner s affidavits
and asked to be granted leave
to respond to Warner s state-
ments that he contracted a
private architectural firm to
draw up plans for a six-
storey vendor s mall at the
health centre site.
Warner s affidavit fur-
ther stated he was autho-
rised to seek private funding
to build the vendors mall.
Ramkissoon maintained that evi-
dence was new and was granted time to
respond by Aboud. The matter was adjourned to
October 9 when Warner will be required to attend
in court over
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