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James Lambert was returned as
president general of the National
Union of Government and Feder-
ated Workers (NUGFW) on
The ceremony was held
at the conference room of
the union s facilities at
Henry Street, Port-of-
The elections for the
new national executive of
the NUGFW were held on
Lambert won by a landslide
with his winning team The Faith-
He said this would be his last term
running and he would be advocating
that the age for retirement be returned
to 65 years for daily-rated workers
and for the establishment of a pension
plan for them.
General secretary Jillian Joy Bartlett
said in an interview that the union
was hoping that negotiations would
be settled quickly.
"We met with the Minister of
Finance and the Minister of Labour
and advocating that this period there
were two critical issues we will be
pursuing which were to carry back
the retirement age of 65. We are say-
ing that there are other daily paid
workers that work until 65 in San
Fernando and we are looking for the
same provision," she said.
She said Central and Local Gov-
ernment and the Tobago House of
Assembly were 14 months before the
expiration of the period for their
2014-2016 wage agreement
"We are hoping they will settle this
period before it expires," she said.
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Friday, October 30, 2015
The Port of Spain/ San Fernando Taxi
Drivers Association has decided against
implementing a proposal to hike the fare
from $15 one way to $18.
Association President Hayden Whiskey
and treasurer Rodney Douglas confirmed
this after the association met last Saturday
on the issue.
Consideration of the issue follows Gov-
ernment s price hike on super gasoline
and diesel in the 2016 Budget. Finance
Minister Colm Imbert put T&T on notice
that following consultations with sectors
of the society on the economic way for-
ward, more information on how Govern-
ment would proceed would come in Gov-
ernment s mid-year review in March.
Since then taxi fares have been increased
in some parts of T&T.
The POS-SFTDA members had been
examining a proposal to hike the one
way fare to $18. But at last Saturday s
meeting, there was no agreement on this
since some members wanted to wait
until government s mid-year review to
see what plans Government had. At
last Saturday s meeting, there was a
vote on the issue among POS/SFTDA
members and the majority of mem-
bers voted against increasing the fare
Whiskey said the fare hike was
postponed "indefinitely," as some
drivers were against it at this time.
But he felt the fare hike was nec-
essary since the fare hasn t been
increased since 2008.
"It s necessary. It should have
been increased before the
Budget since we ve upgrad-
ed our fleet in the last few
years and not passed these
cost on to the consumers
and our maintenance costs
have increased. Foreign-
used parts costs have also
increased by 50 per cent. So
I don t support a fare increase
simply because of the gas price
hike recently since there have been
many aspects which made a fare increase
necessary before this. Our cost of doing
business has gone up very much in recent
Whiskey said there were some drivers
who didn t attend meetings, but were
against the fare hike: "So I don t know
when we ll be able to do it."
Douglas, who also said members agreed
to hold their hand on the matter, added:
"I don t know if later anything will be
done, but it s obvious we may have to
increase the fare even if it s by $1 or $2
at some point.
"I don t know if we ll decide on some-
thing before March or December, but the
fare hike to $18 is off for now."
POS/SF driver Andre Morrison, said
some members like himself felt it was
too early to inflict a fare hike like $18 on
the travelling public.
He said some members didn t even
want to hike the cost by 50 cents at this
point until more light on the economic
situation came in March.
Hold put on
Jillian Joy Bartlett
Deputy president general---
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