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The Joint Trade Union Move-
ment (JTUM) is insisting the busi-
ness community pays the alleged
billions in tax revenue and workers
not be asked to bear the burden of
economic adjustment in the coun-
try.This is according to president of
JTUM, Ancel Roget, who is also the
president general of the Oilfields
Workers' Trade Union (OWTU).
JTUM met with Finance Minister
Colm Imbert at his office at the Eric
Williams Financial Complex yester-
day as he prepared for Monday's
After the meeting Roget told
reporters discussions centered on
ensuring there was industrial peace
in the country to allow for economic
prosperity in the country.
"We are very concerned about
who bears the brunt of the burden
of adjustment and that was the tenet
of the discussion.
"We will not accept any business
community at all coming and asking
that workers bear the brunt of
adjustment while they continue to
go free with their vast profit margins.
We will not accept that," he added.
He said there was need to stop
the wastage and inefficiencies, which
included "persons in top managerial
positions in various revenue-earning
state enterprises that are not per-
forming and we have to deal with
He said once that was done and
productivity was increased "this
country will be able to mitigate the
storm that is coming which has to
deal with the international financial
Apart from Roget, other leaders
who attended the meeting included
the president of the Banking, Indus-
trial and General Workers Union
Vincent Cabrera and president of
the Sheep and Goat Farmers' Asso-
ciation Shiraz Khan.
Roget said based on all the chal-
lenges facing the country "we need
to have industrial peace and stability
(and) there is a need to have levels
of equity throughout the economy."
He said the level of productivity
must increase in the country and it
was not only about working harder
but about not having to experience
the horrendous transport problem
on a daily basis.
Roget said the leaders told Imbert
about "the need to investigate and
root out those corrupt officials who
are heading state enterprises and
who are only about mischief."
He said the discussion with
Imbert was fruitful, adding that the
minister requested a list of the out-
standing collective agreements.
He insisted settlement of those
negotiations was critical to industrial
peace in the country.
Roget said the workers expected
the issue of financial allocation for
the resolution of those negotiations
would be addressed in the budget.
Government will reveal more new board
appointments in today s post-Cabinet press con-
ference, says Communication Minister Maxie
In an interview Cuffie said while seven boards
had already been publicly named, Government
would be prepared to name more board appointees
The Government appointed one board for state-
owned television station CNMG and GISL.
The other state enterprises with new boards are
Petrotrin, the Water and Sewerage Authority, Nation-
al Gas Company, Housing Development Corporation
and the Urban Development Corporation of TT.
The appointment of former Independent Senator
Helen Drayton as chairman of the CNMG and GISL
boards was publicly criticised by UNC political
leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar, minutes after she
was sworn in as Opposition Leader.
The People's National Movement later defended
the Government's choice, citing her decades of
experience in the private and public sectors as well
as a variety of NGOs.
Unions to Finance Minister:
Businessmen must also stand burden
President of Joint Trade Union Movement (JTUM) Ancel Roget, third from left, with members after meeting with Minister of Finance
Colm Imbert at the minister's office at Eric Williams Financial Complex, Port-of-Spain, yesterday. PHOTO: JEFF MAYERS
More new boards
to be named today
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