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Permit me to enquire as to
why 15 million of tax payers
dollars have been allocated for
a few trade unions from a
budget that we were told is a
As I firstly understand it, this
money will not be evenly dis-
tributed to all trade unions but
to a few. Where is the equity in
Secondly, if it is for education
purposes, why can those who
seek education within the
union seek funding through the
GATE programme or the many
scholarships that have been
retained under the new policies.
Union leaders are also entitled
to fund their education the
same way many of the workers
they represent do---through
hard work and their own purse.
The trade union movement is
expected to maintain some
degree of independence to serve
the workers they represent.
However, pre-election we had
trade unions campaigning
strongly against the now oppo-
sition, demanding that they
want their money "right now,"
and post election, with a diffi-
cult budget being read where
workers will feel some strain,
they have gone silent. They
have also taken post new
administration to attacking
politicians and business people,
rather than voice the needs of
I am therefore left to ques-
tion, are the allocated funds to
a few labour unions payback
for the months of recent past?
Or is it that their silent voices
have been bought out for the
difficult months ahead when
tough decisions are expected to
be made that can affect the
lives of all citizens, especially
I am left to wonder if this is
a good sign for a our democra-
I can understand the angst that
the maxi taxi operators are having
over the proposed rail system, but
it's really not necessary.
First of all, they have got to stop
thinking about themselves and
think what is best for the country.
There are too many vehicles on our
roads, and that is the crux of the
In more developed countries, rail-
ways run parallel to roads, without
a problem. They run in the middle of
roads, without a problem, and
above roads, without a problem.
Why should it be any different
The travelling public will have the
option to use the train or to go by
car and will weigh that cost accord-
ing to their own budgets.
The taxi owners must under-
stand that people will still need
transportation to get to the train
stations, and from the train sta-
tions. There is room for everyone.
Surprise, surprise. I just can't believe it.
In the year 2015 the PNM has at last de-
cided to get the rid of latrines in their
stronghold of Laventille.
These villagers have been living in
more or less squalor for decades. La-
trines were first introduced during the
days of slavery. Why on earth were
these citizens allowed to live under such
conditions? Just unbelievable.
Anyway, let's hope the people of
Laventille appreciate this decision which
will make their lives a bit more comfort-
able, and perhaps this will open the eyes
of our well off citizens, of how the other
half lives. GA Marques
Of course almost everything will
be increased now that the price of
gas has gone up. After all, that is
what they refer to as the ripple ef-
fect, isn't it?
But doubles? Already the profit
margin is so huge that vendors
should be able to easily swallow
that gas price increase.
What next? Fish? God forbid
what the price will be next Lenten
season. I suppose that vagrants will
also increase their begging tactics:
"Come nah man bossman, doubles
gone up, how yuh want ah man to
Speaking of vagrants, in my rec-
ollection in the budget, no mention
was made regarding how the new
Government will deal with that
problem. Just as the previous Gov-
ernment, I suppose nothing will be
done, seeing that no one wants to
touch that issue---literally speaking.
Yet there is talk about cruise
ships coming to PoS? For the
tourists to do what? Shop on Char-
lotte Street and look at the va-
grants while stepping around the
busted garbage bags that they look
for their daily meals in?
I would imagine that dealing with
vagrancy should be on the list of pri-
orities as it certainly will not cost
anything near to a rapid rail system
or a fast ferry port from Toco.
Please Mr Divider, I like your pro-
posed plans for the future, but let
us clean up our country first. If you
don't know how to deal with va-
grancy, then I suggest you ask the
leaders of the countries that do.
In this day and age!
Don't worry, there is room for everyone
WHY $15 MILLION
FOR TRADE UNIONS?
South Pacific Island dancers Fagaliona Tuatagalos, left, and Tuileve Tuileva
perform a native dance called the Tanaloga during the opening ceremony of
UWI Week in St Augustine on Monday. PHOTO: NICOLE DRAYTON
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