Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : September 17th 2015 Contents The threat to security remains a
major issue for the postal service
which serves as an avenue for the
movement of goods across borders.
The security threat is on top of the
agenda of the 18th annual Caribbean
Postal Union (CPU) conference taking
place in the British Virgin Islands. Man-
aging director of the T&T Postal Cor-
poration Reynold Baldeosingh is among
those attending the conference, which
ends on September 18.
A release from TTPost quoted the
postmaster general and conference coor-
dinator, Pascha Stoutt saying the issue
of security is pertinent today as it was
some 12 years ago. Stoutt noted that
forums such as the CPU conference
will help to foster relationships and
come up with collaborative solutions.
Speaking at the conference, BVI's
Premier and Finance Minister Dr Orlan-
do Smith said they have taken a proac-
tive stance to ensure that the integrity
of the post office's mandate is not com-
promised nor being used to facilitate
the movement of controlled and illegal
substances or firearms, ammunition
and explosives into and through the
Smith said that they had moved sig-
nificantly in this regard and will continue
to do so.
"I urge all my colleagues today to
continue on this track and where you
have not, to invest significant efforts in
doing so. Pursuant to this very real issue
of security, we also recognise the need
for postal administrations to forge strong
alliances with the border control agen-
cies in our territories, in order that
the rim of security around our borders
could be ever easier to manage and con-
He said they were intent on devel-
oping a closer and mutually respectful
relationship with customs and police
agencies as well as ensuring officers are
well trained in all areas of postal activity
to achieve this goal..
Baldeosingh, who is also the interim
secretary general of the CPU, spoke to
the need of making mail delivery in one
day throughout the Caribbean.
"I know over the next days we will
be looking at ways at optimising, sup-
port and developing postal services in
the region, and as the Premier men-
tioned, the quest for efficient multi-
modal transportation among the islands.
He said with Smith's support and
others at the level of Caricom, "we
could move this region from being a
series of islands separated by sea to a
series of cities separated by air and sea
so that when mail gets into the
Caribbean, within two days it would
He said to do this would require the
collective ideas and approach from the
region and outside of the region.
"We must always appreciate that we
live in a developing region and that
what occurs to e-commerce in the
developed world may not always be
applicable here, in that most of our
merchants are not e-commerce ready
and really don't have a web page for
customers to go on to buy."
issue for postal
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Thursday, September 17, 2015
OAS workers continued to stay off the
job for an eighth day yesterday, after main
contractor OAS Construtora failed to do
safety inspections of equipment involved
in the construction of the $7.4 billion
Solomon Hochoy highway extension to
The inspection was set to begin yesterday
and was among the conditions agreed upon
by the company and the Oilfields Workers'
Trade Union (OWTU) during a bilateral
meeting on Monday.
However, a source at OAS said the
inspections could not take place as they
were unable to acquire an independent
inspector to do the examinations.
Outside the OAS headquarters at Gol-
conda yesterday, scores of workers were
seen liming and playing cards. Security
officers manned the gates and a few mem-
bers of the OWTU were seen distributing
membership forms to the workers.
For the first time in a week, strikers
allowed OAS and National Infrastructure
Development Company (Nidco) officials
to enter the gates.
One union member, who requested
anonymity, said workers had agreed not
to go back to work until all health and
safety conditions were met. He said that
conciliatory talks started on Tuesday but
the issue of fringe benefits was a sticking
He said that workers will not compromise
on health issues.
"This morning, it was agreed that OAS
will begin inspections of vehicles but that
has not happened. OAS has to pay all of
us even if we are not working because we
have a right to refuse to work if our lives
are in danger," the worker said.
OAS's country superintendent Rodrigo
Ventura on Monday promised to conduct
a complete joint inspection with OWTU
representatives of all company trucks and
He said a third party independent vehicle
inspector will be utilised.
He also said 36 expatriate truck drivers
will be replaced by local drivers provided
that they fulfil necessary requirements.
Two expatriate foremen were also supposed
to be replaced by two locals.
Ventura also said all safety technicians
who do not speak English would also be
Overall impact to be assessed today
Meanwhile, president of Nidco Dr Carson
Charles said he plans to meet with engi-
neers today to discuss the overall impact
of the strike on the highway project.
"Right now I do not know what the
overall impact is but tomorrow I expect to
meet with the engineers," Charles said. He
also said he was happy that the strikers
had allowed Nidco staff and OAS officials
to enter the company's headquarters in
Saying T&T needed a lot of patience
and a cooperative spirit, Charles said he
remains hopeful that the highway con-
struction will go on and the project will
be completed no later than November 2016.
OWTU's president general Ancel Roget
was engaged in meetings yesterday and
could not be reached for comment. Con-
ciliation is expected to continue today at
the office of the Ministry of Labour at St
James Street, San Fernando.
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