Camille: Where is UNC's sexual harassment policy?

Tuesday, November 5, 2019 - 21:30

Camille Robin­son-Reg­is says the UNC must stop ob­sess­ing about Dar­ryl Smith and in­stead tell the pub­lic about an in­ci­dent where a for­mer Peo­ple's Part­ner­ship (PP) gov­ern­ment min­is­ter sex­u­al­ly ha­rassed a woman who was then al­leged­ly giv­en a house to keep qui­et.


The Plan­ning Min­is­ter re­vealed that the PNM is launch­ing a pol­i­cy on sex­u­al ha­rass­ment which was draft­ed by Labour Min­is­ter Jen­nifer Bap­tiste-Primus.

"Kam­la where your pol­i­cy?" she asked.

Robin­son-Reg­is said there were sev­er­al in­stances of sex­u­al ha­rass­ment dur­ing the PP's term which were nev­er dealt with prop­er­ly by then Prime Min­is­ter Kam­la Per­sad-Bisses­sar.

She asked: "You all re­mem­ber Dr Glenn Ra­mad­hars­ingh? As Min­is­ter of the Peo­ple when you want­ed to get help from him you had to go down on your knees and swal­low more than your pride."

Robin­son-Reg­is said af­ter Dr Ra­mad­hars­ingh was fired he was lat­er giv­en the job of Siparia Re­gion­al Cor­po­ra­tion chair­man.

"You all re­mem­ber slap­ping Shar­ma?" she asked the crowd.

Robin­son-Reg­is al­so brought up an al­leged in­ci­dent with for­mer To­ba­go De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter Dr Del­mon Bak­er and an­oth­er al­le­ga­tion in­volv­ing for­mer Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Dr Tim Gopeesingh.

"And Kam­la wants to tell us how to be­have?" she said.

She said it is an in­dict­ment on Per­sad Bisses­sar that she had not im­ple­ment­ed a sex­u­al ha­rass­ment pol­i­cy while she was in gov­ern­ment. She said that is the dif­fer­ence be­tween the PNM and UNC.

- Akash Samaroo