Monday will be a "Holiday for Justice" for workers of the Judiciary if Public Service Association President Watson Duke has his way.
Armed with a bullhorn, the PSA president addressed judiciary workers from around the country who gathered at the Hall of Justice in Port-of-Spain on Tuesday.
Many of the workers are concerned they may be out of the job by September 1, when the court adopts the new court system as guided by The Criminal Division and District Criminal and Traffic Courts Bill, 2018.
"The plan is to fire them (by) September the 1st but before September the 1st, unless they renege we will turn this group into a bigger group and we will be calling for national elections," vowed Duke at the Hall of Justice steps.
"They have spoken to the PSA, they have written to us, and have told us they have taken the bill to the Parliament and by all means by September 1st that's the end of that. To me, it's rubbish, it doesn't speak to democracy that this country is governed by."
Under the amendment, several jobs will be made redundant, while other judicial officers including clerks of the peace will be asked to reapply for their jobs. Several workers, particularly those with years of service fear that they would lose all their benefits earned through long years of service in the process.
"In creating all those courts they are removing all the clerks and a number of positions that now exist. They are sending them home and they have jacked up the qualifications so these persons who are there will have to reapply for their jobs. Along with persons who are outside," said Duke, who felt that the workers were being abandoned by the government despite their years of service.
"These are permanent workers here, some are contract workers we don't care they have served the country, and they have served the country well. You have never seen these workers protesting, you have never seen that they are always doing their job," said Duke, "So right now what we saying is on Monday is a holiday for Justice! Monday is a Justice holiday in this country."
However, Protocol and Information officer of the Judiciary Carl Francis said it was simply "not true" that the workers would be losing their jobs.
"We have created new additional positions and additional judicial positions are being created. So people are not being sent home. We are going to be training up the staff to fill these new positions," said Francis.
"If these people don't want to be a part of the new arrangement which are critical and necessary, they can be absorbed elsewhere in the Judiciary or the public service."
Francis confirmed, however, workers who were previous permanent staff would be shifted to a contract system, however, he assured that measures would be put in place to retain their benefits of tenure.
Reporter: Peter Christopher,