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Do we have the desire to face up to reality? At one
time we made a positive move and brought in experi-
enced foreign police officers to assist. These two gen-
tlemen attempted to instill discipline within the
protective services and were met with protests from
the very people who they were trying to assist. And
what did our Government do? They caved in and fired
the two men!
It's time we faced up to the reality that the selection
of men and women to solve our ever-increasing prob-
lem of indiscipline in the protective services must not
be based on colour, creed, size or race but purely on a
basis of who wants to work for the good of T&T.
There is so much talk about "the state" without our
citizens recognising that we are all the state.
What have to put T&T first
When is overtime not overtime?
There is an article in yesterday s
T&T Guardian about the removal
of overtime for house officers at
San Fernando General Hospital.
It is strange that the word
"overtime" is used. Workers in
T&T understand overtime to be at
at least 1.5 times the regular pay
rate, increasing to two times after
a certain number of hours and
three times for public holidays and
Sundays. Also meal allowances are
It must be pointed out that
house officers (doctors) are obli-
gated to work for 40 hours per
week plus an additional 13 hours
per week. This is 53 hours for a
week, much more than most other
workers and they do this at a sin-
gle standard rate, ie there is no
increased overtime rate for these
doctors. Imagine working longer
than the 53 hours and not being
The SWRHA/Dr Chattergoon is
asking doctors to work longer as a
moral duty. No one has been asked
to do so in the country. Addition-
ally, it cannot be good industrial
relations practice for workers to
work more than the stipulated
hours for no remuneration.
This move would encourage
locally qualified doctors to leave
for the developed countries after
being trained at great expense to
I do not think the Minister of
Health nor the public would want
to be patients of doctors who are
not properly motivated.
When is overtime
Another day, another death of a pris-
ons officer. And still no slackening of the
dangerous elastic that is holding the Re-
mand Yard together. Waiting for any
length of time to get your charges heard,
be it three days, three months or three
years, is psychological murder.
If you are poor, if you are innocent and
you are waiting longer than that, then
we are looking at eventual mayhem in
T&T. We are now looking at "twine,"
which has become a lot longer than time.
Prisoners without charges of assault
with deadly weapons or murder, have to
be dealt with in a more expeditious and
Where are the security ankle bracelets
that were supposed to be a good idea?
Where is the parallel training of parole
officers to keep a strict eye on people
wearing the bracelets who are awaiting
trial but who are deemed safe enough to
be sent home?
Why not start to ease the tension by
allowing a free pass for non-violent pris-
oners to spend one weekend every three
months at home? Just easing the ten-
sion is the way to start to diffuse the
prisons' time bomb.
The prisons system is clogged with
people on minor offences and there is no
space and not enough staff to contain
the bubbling cauldron that is the Re-
mand Yard situation.
What is so difficult about rewarding
good behaviour with the odd weekend at
home with friends and family, especially
their children? A glimmer of hope is
enough. Prisoners so rewarded will have
the strength to wait it out while the en-
tire legal framework is upgraded.
We have to stop treating both the
prisons officers and the prisoners them-
selves, as if they are only animals. Nei-
ther prisons officers or the prisoners will
run away from their responsibilities if we
make a serious effort to take sensible
control of the madness of the Remand
Remand Yard a time bomb
The public is watching and lis-
tening carefully re the deafening
silence of the business sector as
employees are being retrenched al-
most on a daily basis.
Why haven't the various cham-
bers of commerce and industry
and this and that association said
something by now?
They are quick to jump up and
cry that crime is affecting them
etc, but when their employees are
being placed on the breadline by
they themselves it is like cat bite
We all read them quite well.
They don't care about the employ-
ees. Employees are just dispensa-
But it is the same employees
that slave for them and the same
employees that purchase from
them. One hand don't clap, the say-
If employees have no money to
buy from them, how will they get
When they rake in all amounts
of excess profit, most employees
don't benefit from it. Now we are
in some rough waters, they are
throwing us out the boat rather
than letting us sail through with
them as well.
They are hypocrites with no
moral or spiritual values, just
greedy, selfish people who don't
care about the ordinary man.
Deafening silence from business
sector on retrenchment
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