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In the face of reports that hundreds of contract
workers are now likely to be on the breadline,
Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar plans
to set up a website to track people who have lost
their jobs since the People s National Movement
(PNM) took office, just over two weeks ago.
Speaking to reporters after attending a parlia-
mentary workshop at Paraiso Building in Claxton
Bay on Tuesday, Persad-Bissessar said she had
heard reports that the tenure of contract employees
was terminated. "We heard that people were being
fired in several ministries across the board. At the
Siparia Regional Corporation people were put on
the breadline," Persad-Bissessar said. She said that
discussions were held about the issue and a team
was set up to probe the circumstances under which
contracts were not renewed
"We have discussed that we will be establishing
on the Internet a website called Ilostmyjob.com.
We are asking people to sign in and give details
and we will act on their behalf if they are treated
unfairly or if they were subject to illegal dismissals,"
Persad-Bissessar said. "If there are dismissals, I
intend to work together with my team to take up
these matters in those rightful places," she said.
Chaguanas West MP Ganga Singh said he had heard
of workers whose contracts were not renewed. "We
are trying to investigate how many workers were
affected," Singh said.
Contacted yesterday, Minister of State in the
With 30 people murdered since the People s
National Movement (PNM) took office, Opposi-
tion Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar is predicting
that crime will escalate further if the Government
does not roll out a comprehensive crime plan
As of yesterday the murder toll was 322, sur-
passing the comparable toll for last year by 20.
Speaking to reporters before attending a meeting
at Paraiso Building in Claxton Bay on Tuesday,
Persad-Bissessar said she was disappointed that
the PNM Government had not divulged its plan
to deal with the escalating crime rate. "We have
seen a total spike in crime in the last several days.
We have heard nothing from the Government, the
Prime Minister or the Minister of National Security
to cope with the issue of crime," Persad-Bissessar
Saying Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley spoke
about arresting crime when on the political hustings,
Persad-Bissessar said it was regrettable that he
had not addressed the population about the recent
killings. "There is a great silence on the part of
the Government with respect to the upsurge in
the crime statistics. I know that we were able to
bring down serious crimes in the country. We had
a plan to deal with further reducing crime but I
think the Government owes the country an expla-
nation about their strategy," Persad-Bissessar said.
She said that even if the Government could not
divulge strategy, Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley
should address the population about the crime
wave. "This is of grave concern to us and they
should give the country some comfort that they
are working on crime and they will deal with it.
I have heard nothing in my respectful view from
the PM on this tremendous spike in the crime
rate," she added.
Kamla: Opposition to set up
database for fired workers
Ministry of Education, Dr Lovell Francis, said he
was unaware that contract workers at the ministry
had been affected. "I have not been briefed of this.
Our Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley has already
said that legitimate workers who were hired under
proper process will not be fired. Those who are
legitimately employed will stay," Francis said.
Expressing disbelief at Persad-Bissessar s accu-
sations, Francis said, "I think anything that she is
saying right now is in the realm of fantasy." He
said once he was briefed, he would be able to make
a more informed comment, possibly by Monday.
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Kamla to PNM:
Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar addresses members of the People's
Partnership during a strategy meeting at the UNC's Regional Office at Paraiso,
Claxton Bay, on Tuesday. PHOTO: KRISTIAN DE SILVA
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