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cials from the
ture and Development and
the Urban Development
Corporation of T&T (Ude-
Cott) is set to meet soon
to discuss the future of
the National Academy
for Performing Arts
In a telephone inter-
view yesterday, Com-
Culture and Arts Min-
ister Nyan Gadsby-Dolly
said her ministry met with
the Ministry of Works last
week to begin discussions
on the matter.
Adding that a subse-
quent meeting was planned
for an in-depth analysis to be
done and the recommenda-
tions which were put forth to
be explored, Gadsby-Dolly
was unable to provide a cost
as to the work that needs to
She said that figure would
be based on the final deci-
sions that would be taken at
the next meeting.
Pressed to say what some of the
simply said they
Asked in what
was operating, she
explained that they
were acting as the
and that a contrac-
tor would be select-
ed after final deci-
sions were made
regarding the way
Estimated to have
cost $500 million,
Napa was constructed during the former
People s National Movement administration
under the tenure of former prime minister
It was shut down approximately one
year later, after it was deemed unsafe by
the Occupational Safety and Health Admin-
istration, with engineering experts listing
several structural faults and failures.
Napa was built by Chinese firm Shanghai
Construction and opened in 2010.
Joint Trade Union Movement (JTUM) leader
Ancel Roget is wary that employers may soon use
the fall in oil and gas prices as an excuse to retrench
large numbers of workers.
Speaking at the IndustriALL Global Union s
Caribbean Regional Meeting at the Oilfields Workers
Trade Union s Paramount Building in San Fernando
last Friday, both Roget and IndustriALL s regional
officer Laura Carter believe that the mass retrench-
ment taking place by multinational companies
globally could soon hit T&T.
The IndustriALL Global Union is made up of
750 trade unions in 143 countries, repre-
senting approximately 50 million workers
in various sectors. The union is based in
Geneva with regional offices in Monte-
video, Johannesburg, Moscow, Singapore
and New Delhi.
"So they are already counting the
numbers and in some discussions
last night, we are already hearing
that in Suriname, some 2,000 work-
ers, as we speak, are being laid off from
one company. Once that starts you
know it will take route because it is
all part of a concerted plan for them
to continue to exist and reinvent
themselves at the expense of human
capital: Workers who are at the heart of
making them profitable in the first place.
"We will not escape that here and so
it is very important for us to have dis-
cussions as to how do we confront this
major challenge in 2015. It is here, it is
not coming, it is here. Many of them will take
advantage, using the whole question of the falling
price of oil and gas commodities to send workers
home, even though they are left impacted and in
some cases, not impacted, but those discussions
have already begun.
"It is incumbent upon all of us, recognising that
our own existence and success going forward rest
on our ability to consolidate our own power,"
Stressing the importance of the two-day
seminar, Roget said it was important for unions
worldwide to unite as globalisation affects everyone.
He said it is only when workers united
locally, regionally and globally that they
will be able to conquer the ill effects of
Carter, who is based in
Uruguay, painted a daunting pic-
ture for unionists, saying that only
one per cent of the global population
owns the wealth of the world.
She said 2.7 billion people earn less than
$2 a day, 80 per cent of the world s pop-
ulation has no social security and 90 per cent
of the world s workers have no union protection.
She added that in some countries, workers
are harassed, dismissed and even imprisoned
or killed because of their trade union activ-
"We all know that we live in a global
economy, how can we not know it?
Everything we touch, everything
we eat is a reflection of that glob-
al economy and that should
be a good thing.
"Globalisation could be and
should be a force for good in
the world. Unfortunately,
workers everywhere are
denied a fair deal in the wealth
they produce and are simple
pawns in top order decision-
making," Carter said.
team to discuss
repairs at Napa
Roget warns against
Estimated to have cost $500
million, Napa was constructed
during the former People's
National Movement administration
under the tenure of former prime
minister Patrick Manning.
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