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Public Services Association
(PSA) president Watson Duke
has said workers at the
Licensing Office on Wrightson
Road, Port-of-Spain, will stay
away from the job until fur-
Duke visited the office yes-
terday and told workers to
"pack up their things and walk
off the job."
In a telephone interview yes-
terday, Duke said safety viola-
tions were broken at the office
and according to the OSH Act
under Section 15 the employees
had a right to walk off the job.
"There has not been certi-
fication of the building and
there are electrical problems,
asbestos in the building, over-
crowding, no fire alarms, no
evacuation plan. The environ-
ment is one of squalor. It is a
total violation," he said.
"We are asking the transport
commissioner to have the
building certified. Up to such
time we will not be working
there and Cariri needs to check
"They (employees) want to
work but they are putting the
public against us. They are not
working until further notice."
Drivers and other members
of the public who were at the
office yesterday said they were
frustrated with the setback.
Some employees who left the
building under Duke s orders
were verbally abused by angry
The Chaguanas branch was
Licensing officers were on
duty at that branch yesterday
busy with driving exams and
attending to members of the
Khori Thomas, who was at
the Licensing Office in Port-
of-Spain, said he was disap-
pointed. He had gone to trans-
fer his car to a new owner.
"I took my time and came
here. I don t know the circum-
stances but everyone has a right
to fight for their rights. If it is
wrong for them to work in
these conditions there are ways
to do things. But I don t con-
demn them," he said.
Thomas said if the Govern-
ment was taking care of work-
ers these things would not take
Rueben Cato said improve-
ments were being made. "We
are doing things to improve the
facility for the workers and the
members of the public," he said.
"We have the Fire Service on
board and we are working on
it. We are making the environ-
ment safe and we are imple-
menting it. We threw out pro-
posals to tender for the safety
department. Those measures
will be put in place very soon
and it is a work in progress.
"We are asking the workers
not to hamper the work we
provide for members of the
Workers walk off job
Self Help gets
tough on corrupt
Public Utilities Minister and MP for Napari-
ma Nizam Baksh says the National Commission
for Self Help has blacklisted all hardware deal-
ers who are in engaged in corruption.
The minister made the statement while deliv-
ering the feature address at the commission s
presentation of grants to more than 100 families
at the Princes Town Community Centre on
Baksh said the commission has had the expe-
rience in the past where recipients of grants
asked hardware dealers for cash instead of mate-
rials. He said the hardware dealers in turn wanted
Baksh said this will never happen again.
Chairman of the organisation, Surujdeo Man-
garoo, who also addressed recipients, said the
Government cannot solve all the ills in society.
"Let us not simply say that the Government
is not dealing with crime...we need to get out
of the blame game," he said.
"The Government cannot solve all the ills in
this society. We have to participate and do our
He said 1,540 families have received grants
for the year. Mangaroo said the grants distributed
for 2013 have crossed the $5 million mark.
Safety concerns at PoS Licensing Office...
PSA president Watson Duke, right, addresses workers at Licensing office on Wrightson Road, Port-of-Spain yesterday after urging them
to sign the register and leave work for the day. PHOTO: BRIAN NG FATT
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