Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : January 24th 2018 Contents SHALIZA HASSANALI
Plans are afoot to retrench sanita-
tion workers at the Port-of-Spain
City Corporation, according to Mi-
chael Prentice, president general of
the Amalgamated Workers’ Union.
Prentice made the claim yester-
day at the corporation’s sanitation
department in Mucurapo as he
addressed approximately 75 con-
cerned corporation workers.
But the claims were almost im-
mediately dismissed by a senior
city corporation official.
Contacted for comment, chief
executive officer of the city corpo-
ration Annette Stapleton-Seaforth
said, “We have no information on
anybody going home.”
Asked if there was any truth
to the claims being made by the
union, she replied: “I have no in-
formation on that. I am unable to
comment on that.”
Port-of-Spain Mayor Joel Martin-
ez’s could not be reached for com-
ment, however, Local Government
Minister Kazim Hosein said: “This
is the first time I am hearing about
Kazim said he will launch an in-
vestigation, as well as talk to his
permanent secretary and Martinez
and give feedback today.
“There is a plan afoot to oust
sanitation workers out of the city of
Port-of-Spain. We are not going to
sit back and accept this. This is total
disrespect. They would only under-
stand when garbage is not picked
up off the streets and we cannot go
to the landfills to drop off (garbage)
that we are an essential service,”
Prentice did not say how many
workers are likely to face the axe
and when they will be sent home.
Giving solidarity to the work-
ers were members of the Bank-
ing, Insurance and General
Workers Union, general secretary
of the Postal Workers’ Union David
Forbes and president general of the
Joint Trade Union Movement Ancel
Roget warned the workers that
if they did not guard their jobs it
would be put into the hands of “pri-
He said their jobs will be per-
formed by different people “but
not you. So if you think I making
fun with that, comrades, think
Roget claimed the corporation
wanted to get rid of the workers be-
cause their productivity level was
rated at a mere 20 per cent despite
the fact they religiously remove gar-
bage off the city’s streets.
He warned if the workers fail to
do their work, the unions will deal
with them appropriately.
Every day, Roget said workers
continue to be sent home, while
prices at the supermarkets con-
tinue to soar with no one standing
in their corner.
“There is more to go. From 2015
to now thousands of workers have
faced the breadline. Of course, this
is going to impact the entire coun-
try when you send workers home.
It’s time to hold the bull by its
horns or the Rottweiler by his ears
and deal with them.”
Roget said the Government was
thriving on silence as they continue
to do what, when and how they
want to the lower working class.
He said while the Government
has been insisting that they are
strapped for funds, in the face of
this, millions of dollars are being
spent on highways and even the
“When they tell you the country
has no money...they telling you the
country has no money for you. The
first priority must be for those who
are at the lowest end of the eco-
Forbes said the time was near for
a nationwide march, stating that
Rowley’s ship was sinking.
Wednesday, January 24, 2018
Operations at the Licensing Di-
vision headquarters in Caroni
resumed yesterday after work-
ers abandoned the job citing
extremely cold temperatures
at their workplace on Monday.
Wayne Richards confirmed
the workers resumed duty
and the conditions were ad-
“We have people who col-
lected their business and
waiting to go home. The con-
tractors came in this morning
and adjusted what they had to
adjust in the system,” he said.
On Monday, licensing of-
ficers, members of staff and
even customers complained
that the air-conditioning sys-
tem was too cold.
Officers said that some of
the workers were “sick” and
had the flu after being in the
office for a period of time.
They claimed the office was
“very cold” and not fit for a
full days work.
In an interview yesterday,
Watson Duke president of the
Public Services Association,
who represents the workers
said the officers resumed duty
“They went back to work
today and they have serious
issues over there,” he said.
Michael Prentice, president general
of the Amalgamated Workers’ Union
addresses Port-of-Spain City
Corporation sanitation workers at
the Mucurapo facility yesterday.
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