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COMMISSION OF ENQUIRY
Appointed to Enquire into the Construction of the
Las Alturas Towers located at Lady Young
FIFTH EVIDENCE HEARING
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New Communications Minister
Maxie Cuffie says the government s
decision to review the issue of contract
labour will not affect the workers
security of tenure.
He said this during Thursday s first
post-cabinet news conference at the
Office of the Prime Minister, St Clair.
Cuffie described the two-hour meet-
ing, chaired by Prime Minister Dr Keith
Rowley, as "collegial and optimistic."
He said ministers were enthusiastic
about their portfolios.
In response to another question,
Cuffie said the realignment of ministries
by Rowley "does not mean that there
will be job losses."
He said, "What it means is that (if)
a department fell under one ministry,
it will now fall under another ministry."
Giving an example, Cuffie said under
the previous regime the Prison Service
"fell under the Ministry of Justice, now
it may go back to the Ministry of
National Security. That does not mean
that you will have fewer prisons officers
or that there will be any change in the
number of people employed in the
Cuffie said it simply meant the
reporting arrangements would change.
During the September 7 general elec-
tion campaign, Rowley said the PNM
gave a commitment to review contract
employment. He said that review was
based on the need to strengthen work-
Cuffie said a number of those work-
ers were employed on short-term con-
tracts which made it difficult for them
to get a loan or take out a mortgage.
He said the review was intended to
ensure the workers were given greater
security. He said that process would
require "greater collaboration" with the
Employers Consultative Association
(ECA) and trade unions.
"So we are going to treat with con-
tract employees in that way but I don t
think that because we have a realign-
ment it will affect the tenure of contract
employees," he insisted.
Cuffie said the PNM manifesto was
accepted on Thursday as official gov-
"We are guided by the manifesto. It
is our contract with voters and we feel
confident that we will be able to achieve
many of the things contained in it. The
fact that it was made an official gov-
ernment document today means that
we can work with that," Cuffie added.
He said the expectations that the
population would have "would be based
on what we said on the platform and
our statements were always based on
what was contained in the manifesto,
so I don t expect any significant prob-
lems with that."
Cuffie said certain concerns raised
by Chief Justice Ivor Archie were not
discussed in Cabinet but the PNM Gov-
ernment was committed to making the
Caribbean Court of Justice the country s
final court of appeal, replacing the Privy
"It is part of our agenda and we
would like to have it implemented but
that would require the support of the
Opposition and I think as a good faith
measure, we would be trying to get it
again," Cuffie added.
Cuffie also responded to a call by
Archie for consideration to be given to
decriminalising the use of marijuana.
Cuffie said this would require wide-
spread public consultations.
"A lot of these issues are simply not
for a Cabinet to make or a government
to make simply like that. I think we
need to have widespread consultations
on it and as a Government we have
already said we are committed to all
these important issues."
Cuffie said, "Before any action is
taken that kind of initiative will have
to be undertaken to find out whether
the population is in support of it."
Cuffie: No job loss
in public sector
briefing at the
Office of the Prime
Minister, St Clair,
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