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Ener y Chamber denies colluding
with Govt to ire workers
The Ener y Chamber has denied
accusations that they are collud-
ing with the Government to effect
a programme of mass retrench-
Although retrenchment in the
private sector has occurred within
recent times, they said: "Individ-
ual companies have unfortunately
had to retrench workers given the
extremely challenging economic
environment, but at the same time
other companies have actually in-
creased their labour force over the
past two years."
Acknowledging competition in
the private sector had led to staff
changes based on a company's
particular circumstance, the En-
er y Chamber, through the joint
chambers group, has made it clear
they support the reform of the Re-
trenchment and Severance Bene it
Act, and had submitted detailed
proposals in this regard.
Reaf irming its commitment to
the National Tripartite Advisory
Council (NTAC), the Ener y Cham-
ber maintained, "The trade union
movement left NTAC because they
believed there had been insuf i-
cient consultation over the closure
of TDC. There were no speci ic dis-
cussions at NTAC on private-sector
A release from the Of ice of the
Prime Minister (OPM) last week
described claims by Joint Trade
Union Movement ( JTUM) leader
Ancel Roget that trade unions
were able to stop Government's
plans of mass layoffs by requesting
a moratorium, was misleading. In
fact, the OPM said Government
had no such plans for mass re-
trenchment and meant to keep
as many people working, even
though the country's inances
meant this would be challenging.
They said union leaders insisted
on asking for a moratorium until
December, but it was not some-
thing that had been planned.
JTUM later responded by claim-
ing the OPM's statement con-
stituted a malicious and frontal
attack on the integrity of JTUM's
leadership and the entire trade
JTUM said the Government's re-
marks was carefully calculated to
reduce the signi icance of the mor-
atorium on retrenchment .
They have now accused Govern-
ment of creating an issue where
there was none before, just days
after JTUM agreed to rejoin the Na-
tional Tripartite Advisory Council
JTUM claimed it left the NTAC as
they believed, "Without any dis-
cussion, both the government and
employers had joined together in
the retrenchment of workers even
while the Labour Movement was a
part of the tripartite body."
Members of the Green Circle Clean Up Team remove a mattress from Scotland Bay
during the International Coastal Clean Up 2017 yesterday. PICTURE ANISTO ALVES
Handyman found floating off Cedros
Suspicious of the circumstances
surrounding how her brother's
body ended up floating in the
sea off Cedros, Vilma Pooran is
calling for a thorough police in-
vestigation into his death.
Pooran's younger brother,
Ramlal Pooran, 37, a tyre shop
worker and handyman, was last
seen by his relatives on Thursday.
Two days later, around 2.20
pm on Saturday his body was dis-
covered floating six nautical
miles off Icacos Bay near Plat-
Coast Guard of icers subse-
quently ished out the body.
According to a police report,
around 5.30 pm on Thursday
Pooran and a male friend decided
to go sailing at Guapo Beach on a
large piece of styrofoam when a
wave knocked them off.
Pooran's friend disappeared,
but his friend survived. How-
ever, Vilma claimed her broth-
er's friend did not try to help her
brother or inform the police.
"I ind it strange that my
brother's friend did not bother
to get help. He did not report it
to the police and he did not even
bother to tell us," she said.
When relative's discovered he
did not return home she said
her brother-in-law went looking
for Pooran's friend.
The friend, she said, is a PH
driver and he was last seen with
"My brother-in-law flagged
down his (Pooran's friend) car
in Rousillac on Friday and asked
him where my brother is. He
(friend) say they got into dif i-
culty in the water and he saw
my brother fumbling like he was
drowning, but when he came out
of the water and looked back he
did not see my brother.
"But, he did not even bother
to call for help or anything, why?
These are the questions we want
answered," said Vilma.
After receiving this informa-
tion they reported the incident
to the police.
Vilma pleaded with the police
not to rule her brother's death as
a mere drowning before a proper
investigation is done.
She said Pooran's 13-year-old
son fainted when he learnt of his
father had died. She described
Pooran as a free-spirited person
who liked to "lime and party."
Relatives yesterday described
as senseless the murder of
Shackar Prince who was
gunned down near his home
in San Fernando yesterday
Prince, 37, a fabricator,
who was planning to wed the
mother of his son in Decem-
ber, was pronounced dead on
arrival to the San Fernando
Around 1 am of icers of the
Mon Repos Police Station re-
ceived reports of loud explo-
sions near bar on Bertrand
Street. When the of icers ar-
rived they saw Prince lying
on the ground with gunshot
wounds to his chest just a few
houses away from his home.
He died before he arrived
at the hospital.
Grief stricken relatives said
Prince was at home where he
lived with his common-law-
wife, son and other relatives
when he decided to check his
friend who lived along the
"All we hear is patax!,"
said his aunt Jackie who re-
called that shortly after the
loud noise someone came
with news that Prince had
Trying to hold back the
tears, Kelly-ann Prince-Fla-
veney believes her brother was
victim of a random shooting.
"You will hear about things
like this and you pray to God to
cover your family because you
do not want it to reach home.
For this to happen to some-
one like him, a humble person,
it is terrible, especially as it
was for nothing.
"With one shot and that was
the end of his life. I have to see
my brother lying in a canal,"
When they told their 86-year-
old grandmother that he was
killed, "she bawl like a baby."
She said Prince's common-
law-wife with whom he has a
seven-year-old son was also
One of his friends said Prince
was shot by the occupant of a
car who was "wild playing."
He bemoaned, "Imagine
they just shoot a man for fun."
Con ident that God will give
them their justice, Prince-Fla-
veney had faith that her broth-
er's killer will be caught.
Police are yet to ascertain a
Investigators of Homicide
Region 3 are investigating.
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