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Embattled Public Services Association
(PSA) president Watson Duke appeared in
court yesterday seeking to have four
injunctions filed against him discharged.
They had prevented him from suspending
the union s general secretary Nixon Cal-
ender and his wife, Gillian Bedeau-Cal-
ender, also an executive union member.
Both parties appeared before Justice Frank
Seepersad in the Port-of-Spain High Court
During the short hearing Duke s attorney
Michael Quamina applied to have the injunc-
tions discharged. Quamina was unable to
make submissions and Seepersad adjourned
the matter to allow the parties to file written
The case would be heard next on June 13
when Seepersad would hear oral submissions
after which he would give his decision on
continuing the injunctions.
Seepersad granted the injunctions last
Friday after the couple filed an application
for judicial review challenging their sus-
pensions from the union on April 11.
One of the injunctions restrains Duke or
the PSA general council from proceeding
with or hearing or determining any allega-
tions of misconduct or indiscipline against
Calender and his wife.
Another prevents Duke and the PSA from
barring Calender and his wife from attending
and/or participating in meetings of the exec-
utive committee or general council of the
PSA. The third injunction stops the PSA
from appointing members to the couple s
positions while their lawsuit is being deter-
mined, while the last restrains the with-
holding of salaries, allowances and emol-
uments the couple are entitled to.
In their lawsuit, the couple is seeking
declarations that the actions of the PSA and
Duke and their arbitrary suspensions were
Calender claimed on April 11 he was sus-
pended after a report was made to the Fraud
Public Utilities Minister Nizam Baksh
and managing director of TTPost Sheldon
Cyrus are mobilising their troops to speed-
up the national address management sys-
tem so that postal codes could be imple-
mented by 2015.
The postcode project was completed in
December but cannot be implemented until
the national address management project
The T&T Guardian contacted Cyrus for
an update as the project was announced a
In a telephone interview, he said postcodes
had been assigned on the basis of existing
postal districts. He explained that Point
Fortin, which was a pilot project, was com-
pleted but work was still ongoing in Chagua-
nas and Tobago.
Cyrus said postcodes functioned like the
US zip code, where the different postal dis-
tricts were assigned a distinct code.
He said TTPost had not hired additional
manpower and resources to complete the
project but had been borrowing resources
from the various regional corporations.
"If you think about the extent of this
project you will realise that it will take time.
We are going to every corporation, walking
the streets and assigning numbers to every
building. It is an extensive exercise because
there are streets with no street names
Every street name and building has to be
identified, he pointed out.
"We have to make sure that every address
in the country is a proper address. It involves
us liaising with the various regional corpo-
rations," Cyrus added.
He noted that there were streets with no
names assigned and TTPost was dependent
on the various corporations to address these
matters. Over the next few months, TTPost
would be working on the project at three
corporations simultaneously, instead of doing
While he admitted that all postcodes have
already been assigned in all postal districts,
Cyrus said it was important to have the
address management completed before the
project is rolled out.
He added: "The addressing standard is
an internationally S42 standard for the Uni-
versal Postal Union. Once we complete it,
we will be one of 24 countries in the world
to apply this international standard. We
have been certified as a country and we are
now in the process of speeding up the
address management project.
"We are doing some work with Tobago
and we are working closely with the Minister
of Local Government to give us guidance
in terms of which areas we should go to
next." He said he wanted the project com-
pleted by June/July 2015.
Once it was done, Cyrus said there would
be more accurate, efficient and cost-effective
delivery of mail. He added that emergency
services would be able to quickly identify
addresses and respond to incidents.
Contacted yesterday, Baksh said he would
vigorously pursue the completion of the
address management project as it was part
of bringing T&T to first-world status.
He noted that existing postal arrangements
were flawed and some street addresses had
to be reassigned because odd and even postal
numbers were placed on the same side of
the street. Baksh vowed that TTPost would
make adjustments and liaise with the local
government agencies to have the address
management and postcodes completed in
WHY HAVE POSTCODES?
The UN Charter stipulates that access
to postal services is a fundamental
human right. The Universal Postal
Union, of which T&T is a member, has
indicated that regions, such as the
Caribbean that possess similar or iden-
tical place names, could benefit from a
postal code system which could simplify
and speed-up sorting operations both
locally and internationally.
TTPost is partnering with municipal
corporations and the Tobago House of
Assembly in developing a comprehensive
plan to improve and modernise address-
es to conform to universally accepted
standards approved by the Universal
Squad about financial irregularities at the PSA. He
was summoned by letter, dated April 11, to appear
before Duke and the general council on April 18.
A meeting was held on April 18 and Calender con-
tended that Duke made lengthy submissions before
the meeting to the members of the general council
and he and his wife were denied an opportunity to
fairly represent their positions.
He also claimed Duke attempted to restrict his
responses at the meeting by constantly interjecting
and saying he was disallowing statements made by
him and his wife.
Gideon McMaster and Joel Roper are representing
Postal codes coming by 2015
Duke's move to cancel injunctions back in court June 13
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