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There seems to be no end in sight for contractors
who are seeking to obtain $40 million in outstanding
fees from OAS Construtora.
The 60-odd local contractors said the money is for
work done on the Sir Solomon Hochoy Highway
extension to Point Fortin during the past seven months.
Last week, the contractors blocked the entrance to
OAS headquarters at Golconda with water trucks, to
press the Brazilian firm to honour its debt.
A different approach was taken last Friday as the
contractors engaged representatives from the company
A subsequent meeting was held on Monday between
the parties, while a bus remained near the compound
plastered on one side with a large banner stating, "We
want we money," driving home the point.
However, none of these actions has yielded any
Spokesman for the contractors, William Ashby, who
spoke after the meeting, said "There is nothing further
(to report). We are supposed to get some information
tomorrow," he said.
The contractors have met separately with both OAS
and National Infrastructure Development Company
Limited (Nidco), but failed to reach a resolution.
Ashby said OAS officials told them they were not
paid by Nidco, a position Nidco officials denied, saying
that OAS was paid.
Attempts to reach OAS or Nidco officials for com-
ment have been futile thus far.
The Telecommunications Authority of T&T
scored a victory in the Point Fortin Magistrates
Court last Thursday when it succeeded in getting
judgment against a company which was in breach
of the Telecommunications Act.
Point Fortin company Abchan Enterprises Limited
was found guilty of selling magicJack devices, which
allow people to make overseas phone calls over the
The authority s attorney Sean Cazabon argued
that this amounted to the provision of a public
telecommunications service which was done without
a concession, contrary to the Telecommunications
The authority had filed two charges against
Thakoor Kolahal and Abchan Enterprises Limited,
both of Salazar Trace, Point Fortin, for using the
magicJack devices during the period March 2009
to May 2009 at Point Fortin.
However, before the start of the case, Abchan
Enterprises Limited, which is owned by Kolahal,
changed its plea to guilty. When the matter came
up before Magistrate Alicia Chankar in the Point
Fortin court, the case against Kolahal was dismissed
as special prosecutor Cazabon offered no evidence
against him. Attorney Ravi Rajcoomar appeared on
behalf of the defendants.
Abchan Enterprises Limited was fined $5,000
with two weeks to pay. (YW)
Estate constables of the National
Maintenance Training and Security
Company Ltd (MTS) say they will step
up protest action today after failing to
get their back pay which was due last
The agreement to accept a ten per cent
salary increase for the period 2010 to 2013
was signed in June last year and the back
pay settlement was due to be paid last
week Friday. However, this year, Finance
Minister Colm Imbert promised the Gov-
ernment would settle back pay to public
servants by September.
The security officers held a meeting
over the weekend and the membership
came to the decision that they would be
staying away from duty.
Today and tomorrow guards will take
a rest away from duty.
Yesterday, approximately 35 per cent
of the estate constables stayed away from
work, said president of the EPA, Steve
In a brief interview yesterday, Smart
said: "The membership held a meeting
on Saturday and they are the ones pushing
for this. The association cannot sanction
A release from the Judiciary said pro-
ceedings at the court would not be affected
by any protest action by the estate con-
Senior corporate communications offi-
cer of the Judiciary, Shelly Dolabaille, said
the Judiciary contracts MTS and other
service providers for security services at
the courts and at its administrative build-
MTS CEO Lennox Rattansingh said
MTS owes $49 million to the workers
and this could not be approved by the
Government at this time.
MTS guards protest over back pay
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