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Unions are the root
It's always amusing to hear the words
emanating from the mouths of union
leaders. They are so eager to appear in
front of a camera that it seems they do
not bother to think before they speak. It
may be a result of "sour grapes" when
they are helpless, or the idea that they
may soon become obsolete if or when
their members realise that it's better to
eat little and live long.
They seem to know all the problems
yet have no solutions. In essence, those
who have experienced the poor work
attitude of unionised staff in general can
safely conclude that unions are the root
cause of unproductiveness, poor service
and irresponsible behaviour, especially
when following the examples set by their
Recently at a licensing office, staff
were discussing openly about a co-work-
er who had been coming in late every
morning and the matter was not being
addressed by their supervisor. "He can't
do that in the private sector," said one fe-
male staff, while the other replied, "they
can't fire you here, the most they could
do is transfer you to another division." It's
quite obvious that as adults, unionised
staff are fully aware of their actions and
the underlying reason for it. No wonder
they fear privatisation.
Also, the photographer at the licensing
office was slouched back in his chair as
though he was angry for having to report
for actual work. Not to mention the clerk
earlier whose face reflected disgust when
she commented to her co-worker about
"why them old people does be so hurry to
renew they permit."
On the other hand, we have all wit-
nessed the attitude of unionised staff
in the private sector who never go the
extra mile when needed, even to save the
company which provides their bread and
butter, but are quick to demand exorbi-
tant salaries and benefits. Their mantra
seems to be "that's not my job" yet they
plead for that same job when faced with
This is the product of unions where
staff are led to believe that they could
behave in any manner without repercus-
sions, much like a spoilt child. They soon
become unproductive and a liability to
any company or organisation.
There is no debate that one must be
paid a fair day's wage for a fair day's
work---it's a partnership. Be mindful,
however, that companies worldwide
have begun shutting their doors to cut
costs, and local companies are either
doing the same or retaining only key staff
to remain competitive in the changing
It begs the question that every worker
should ask: while union leaders may ap-
pear to be successful in obtaining higher
wages, are they successful in securing
long term jobs?
Towards a more stable, peaceful nation
Many of our religious leaders are
calling on our citizens to lead a more
spiritual way of life as the way for-
ward for our nation. Great, but are our
schools in anyway, attempting to en-
courage this effort? Are our citizens
capable of this type of discipline?
Everything that we do can be
described as a distraction from this
endeavour, ie noise, noise, noise! It's
high time we investigated the benefit
of quiet contemplation.
Imagine if we made a concerted
effort to keep our Hollows and Botan-
ical Gardens as places of peace.
We are unlikely to succeed in an-
ything if we do not concentrate on
avoiding distractions and slow down
our lifestyles in order to build a solid
society for future generations. So, for
their sakes, let us forget about our
Carnival attitude and dedicate our-
selves towards making our land into a
harmonious and loving nation where
we actually care for and respect one
The day Reason's reason failed him
We kindly regret to announce the
death of Reason.
Reason was a legend in his day!
Conglomerates around the world
paid fortunes to be taught by him.
Countless parents named their chil-
dren after him.
Then one day my good friend Rea-
son made a terrible and fatal mistake.
Reason accepted an invitation to
speak at a ceremony that was being
held by the West Indies Board of Car-
ibbean Cricket Destruction.
The name of this organisation
alone should have warned Reason
to stay away from it. But the cricket
lovers of the world had prostrated
themselves on the floor at the feet of
Reason and begged him to speak to
In his naivete, Reason went to
speak to the board without security!
The least he should have done, with a
reputation for genius as great as the
one that he possessed, was to take a
squadron of Navy Seals with him.
But for the first and final time
Reason's reason failed him. My friend
stood before the board and shared
with them the wisdom of the ages.
The silence in the room could be cut
by a knife.
What happened next was unimagi-
nable. I tremble to tell this but, for the
sake of Caribbean cricket, I must!
The board erected a gallows even
before reason had ended his speech.
Then they grabbed Reason, tore off all
of his clothes and hanged him naked
as he was born at an undisclosed site.
Poor Reason, as he is now known,
lies in a shallow grave the location of
which all board members have sworn
never to reveal.
The moral of this story is that if
you are going to try to reason with
the West Indies Board of Caribbean
Cricket Destruction please take the
Navy Seals with you!
It starts with the home
Many of our youths today are idle with
no sense of direction. Some are involved
in nefarious activities while others are
engaged in school bullying. The home
environment in many of these cases is
one that is not conducive to the proper up
bringing of these troubled youths.
There are three types of environments
that contribute significantly to the deviant
behaviour by our young people.
An unstable home: This is when a child
had a number of stepparents over a short
period of time. Moving from stepparent to
stepparent can disrupt a child's emotional
growth and functioning.
A single-parent home: a single parent
can find it hard to maintain discipline in
the home. The economic situation in most
cases makes it difficult to take care of the
needs of the child resulting in the child be-
ing frustrated, angry and envious of what
his or her peers have.
Parents with a Gaza mentality: These
are parents who engage in fights in public
places, pull weapons at individuals, cuss-
out teachers and behave like bad-johns.
Children growing up with parents like that
99 per cent of the time will pattern that
same type of behaviour.
So the home environment needs to
change, for the sake of the children. There
needs to be parenting courses available all
over the country to help in rising children.
Patrons shop for vegetables at the Agricultural Society of T&T's booth during the Horticultural Society's Flower
Show at the Trinidad Country Club, on Saturday. At left is Dhano Sookoo, president of the Agricultural Society of
T&T. PHOTO: ANDRE ALEXANDER
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