Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley is calling on citizens to put country first ahead of today’s call by union leaders to engage in a day of rest and reflection.
In a post to his Facebook page hours ago, Dr Rowley appealed to those employed in the public sector to honour and respect their obligation. He stated that citizens were depending on them to show up and give their best demonstration of patriotism.
All major unions signalled their intention to continue with today's action despite threats of facing legal and disciplinary action. The day of rest and reflection was announced in June and further compounded by government's recent decision to close down Petrotrin's Pointe a Pierre refinery.
In the post, the Prime Minister reiterated that while he accepted the concerns expressed by the workers of Petrotrin who will be impacted by the company's restructuring exercise all affected would be treated with dignity. He stressed efforts would be made to ensure the government and union iron out separation packages as well as implement measures to rejuvenate the South West Peninsula.