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for 22nd OCTOBER, 2013
That was the word yesterday
from United National Congress
(UNC) officials on the handling
of the stalemate in the Chagua-
nas Regional Corporation after
Monday s local government
The UNC won three seats in
hold of Jack Warner in the
Chaguanas West by-election---
as well as in Montrose and
The People s National Move-
ment (PNM) won seats in Enter-
prise North and South and in
Warner s Independent Liberal
Party (ILP), which won the pop-
ular vote in Chaguanas, never-
theless won only two seats, in
Munroe Road and Charlieville.
Aldermen will be chosen
under the new proportional rep-
resentation system, which uses
a mathematical formula to allo-
cate the relative numbers.
The Elections and Boundaries
Commission (EBC) was still
finalising the result up to yes-
terday, as the vote count will be
critical in deciding how alder-
men are allocated.
In the 3-3-2 configuration
arising out of Monday s voting,
officials on PNM and UNC sides
yesterday confirmed the ILP
holds the balance of power, since
it had won the popular vote.
They said this meant the ILP
will get two aldermen under the
PR system and the PNM and
UNC will each get one. They
said each party will have four
UNC officials, however, said
the selection of a mayor and
deputy may be problematic,
since the three parties may not
support each other.
Both sides said that as a result
of this, something may have to
be worked out with the ILP.
PNM chairman Franklin Khan
and PRO Faris Al-Rawi didn t
answer calls yesterday. Also con-
tacted on the issue, UNC deputy
leader Suruj Rambachan blamed
the impasse on the ILP splitting
the votes in the corporation.
"Let s see what pans out.
What we re clear on is, we
warned people the ILP would
give the PNM control in the
election, and that s what hap-
Other UNC officials said the
party was unlikely to negotiate
with the PNM on Chaguanas,
as that party now had the same
strength as the UNC in Chagua-
nas. They said they could also
hardly negotiate with Warner
on any electoral accommoda-
tion, since Congress of the Peo-
ple (COP) and UNC members
wouldn t sanction that.
ILP chairman Robin Montano
said yesterday that the ILP exec-
utive was meeting last night to
discuss this and other issues.
Former St Joseph MP and jus-
tice minister Herbert Volney,
now with the ILP, said the ILP
and PP will have to come to
some electoral accommoda-
tion---starting with Chaguanas---
or both sides "would kill each
"The ILP may become an
East-West Corridor third force,
which could be significant in
general elections, given the time
they have to prepare," he said.
"I don t think ILP will return
to the UNC/PP, but I think there
will be strategic and logistical
accommodation, or something
UNC rules out deals
for Chaguanas Corp
walk past a
which ran into
a drain after
unhurt but the
driver of the
a Nissan B14,
fled the scene.
IN THE DRAIN
From Page A1
"We have been able to maintain a non-disrupted
operation in spite of the illegal work stoppage ini-
tiated by the OWTU last August," she said.
"NP has actually doubled the efficiency of its
deliveries since this illegal work stoppage and is
committed to ensuring its continuity."
A source said last night that OWTU officials
were in emergency discussions in the wake of NP s
action yesterday. Calls to OWTU president Ancel
Roget and other members of his executive thus
went unanswered when the T&T Guardian sought
a comment on the matter.
The NP workers had protested over what they
claimed was an attempt by management to privatise
Wayne Leacock, OWTU s branch president at
NP Port-of-Spain, told members of the media in
August that the walkout was a show of the employ-
ees concerns over management s award of a
$394,000 contract to a private company to conduct
loading on the gantry.
Leacock was quoted as saying, "Since the
appointment of the chief executive and this board
the workers have been fearful for the security of
their jobs and their future.
"The model that the company is taking now is
one of outsourcing the jobs and the workers are
fearful that they could lose their jobs through out-
The company denied then that any such move
was being made.
Leacock had also referred to two permanent
employees at the Pointe-a-Pierre branch who were
dismissed because they refused to train managers
to load the trucks at the gantry. Those managers
in turn would train people coming from private
companies to do the workers jobs.
"The workers at NP are here to do their jobs
and will not stand by and allow this precedent to
be set where any contract labour will take over
our jobs," Leacock added.
He said the company s collective agreement
stated that no job done by workers should be con-
tracted out if it would demote or make those work-
ers jobs redundant.
NP stays online
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