PNM calls Watson Duke’s statements “offensive”

Tuesday, November 12, 2019 - 10:00

The People's National Movement (PNM) has responded to what it says were the “offensive remarks” made by president of the Public Service Association, Watson Duke.

At a news conference yesterday, Mr Duke urged all public servants who have not received a pay increase since 2013—particularly those who support the ruling People’s National Movement—not to vote in the upcoming Local Government Elections.

A release issued by the party states that the PNM “and the rest of our decent nation are truly disgusted by Watson Duke's latest offensive outburst, which he delivered whilst pretending to be representing public servants, as he self-servingly tries to assist the UNC in the upcoming local government elections…”

According to the official statement, signed by PNM public relations officer, Laurel Lezama-Lee Sing, the PSA President described Afro-Trinidadians in the most offensive way, as he made “the misleading claim that workers across the Public Service have been ignored since 2013 and have been disrespected by this Government”.

The release goes on to state that the PNM Government has paid $ 6.0 billion dollars in back-pay to public servants in all categories.  The party also sought to remind public servants that the only place of employment where workers associated with the public service are known to be disrespected and oppressed are at the PSA headquarters “where Mr. Duke reigns whilst denying the membership access to free and fair elections, and where employees have consistently had to resort to the court to have their rights and benefits protected”.

The statement points out that “this vulgar appeal of Watson Duke, in support of the UNC, comes immediately after a recent meeting between him and UNC officials and sympathizers at a Port of Spain restaurant”.


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