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President general of the Oilfields Workers Trade
Union (OWTU) Ancel Roget says the "mother of all
demonstrations" will take place on May 23, the day
before the People s Partnership Government cele-
brates its fourth anniversary in office.
"Today we are experiencing the highest levels of
corruption and nepotism at all our state boards which
have become a law unto themselves with no account-
It is up to Opposition Leader
Dr Keith Rowley to take what-
ever action he thinks is neces-
sary over the tendering process
in the award of the billion-dol-
lar contract for the Beetham
Water Recycling Plant.
Oilfields Workers Trade Union
(OWTU) president general Ancel
Roget said so at a news confer-
The contract was awarded to
a consortium of Super Industrial
Services Ltd (SISL), Hyflux
International and Foster Wheeler
Roget said: "That is just one
part of the so many other
aspects of corruption. This is
yet another straw and there will
take another course of action. It
is up to the Leader of the Oppo-
sition to do what is best from
where he sits."
At a news briefing on Monday
Rowley claimed the tendering
process for the plant was not
Energy Minister Kevin Ram-
narine has since asked for a
report from NGC on the ten-
dering process and how the con-
tract was awarded.
In a media release yesterday,
the Water and Sewerage Author-
ity (WASA) and the National Gas
Company (NGC) said they had
ensured transparency in the ten-
ability to the people of T&T.
"On one hand we witness political victimisation
with the ruthless firing of persons who are perceived
to be opposed to the Government," he said.
Roget was speaking yesterday during a news con-
ference held by the Joint Trade Union Movement
(JTUM) at the Communication Workers Union
(CWU) headquarters, Henry Street, Port-of-Spain.
The march, organised by the JTUM, is being
dubbed: It s Time To Take A Stand For T&T.
Roget said the country was being run by a "small
group of cabalists" which was amassing huge wealth.
"When this small group gain through corrupt
means they deny us proper roads, modern health
care systems, basic school infrastructure, decent jobs
and so many other amenities to improve the quality
of life and standard of living," he said.
Roget referred to the state of the country as being
in "chaos" and said citizens could not wait until the
general election in 2015 to agitate.
He added: "This view harbours that we do nothing
and just bide time.
"The JTUM vehemently disagrees with this because
the harsh reality is that by next year the country will
be an empty shell and any party going into govern-
ment will inherit not only an empty Treasury but
will find that our future has been mortgaged away
into the future."
He added that all trade unions, civil society groups
and business groups were invited to join the march.
"We must all take a stand. It is time to end the
talk and start the walk. We cannot allow the cor-
ruption to continue. We cannot allow the nepotism
to continue," he said.
First vice-president of the Amalgamated Trade Union Michael Prentice, left, president general of OWTU Ancel
Roget and president of BIGWU Vincent Cabrera, right, sing their union song during the Joint Trade Union
Movement's news conference yesterday. PHOTO: CLYDE LEWIS
Unionist looks to Rowley
for action on water plant
NGC said the media release was in response
to Rowley's allegations.
The release said: "To guarantee that the best
service providers have been selected to
undertake this significant project that will
affect crucial sectors of our economy and the
lives of thousands of citizens, WASA and NGC
have ensured that best practice has been
adhered to along every stage of the tendering
process for all prospective bidders."
NGC also outlined the details of the
Notice of the RFP (request for proposals)
was published on September 2, 2013 and the
RFP dated September 4, 2013 was made
available for purchase upon submission of a
The site visit was held on September 25,
2013; prospective bidders were given a period
of approximately five weeks from viewing
documents/purchase to submit request for
Requests for extension of time were
received in September 2013 and granted until
December 10, 2013.
The RFP given to all tenderers included the
evaluation criteria and respective ratings under
which the tenders were evaluated.
The detailed evaluation methodology was
developed by KPMG in July, 2013 and adopted
The tender was closed on December 10,
2013 (14 weeks after publication of the RFP)
with two proposals being submitted:
a. Tenderer A --- main contractor with two
b. Tenderer B --- main contractor with one
Evaluations started on December 16, 2013,
completed on or about February 14, 2014 and
submitted to the management and the board
The contract was executed on March 10.
'mother of all
protests' May 23
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