Six HDC procurement officers sent home

The Hous­ing De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (HDC) fired six pro­cure­ment and con­tract as­sis­tants in or­der to “out­source” their jobs to a sin­gle yet un­named con­sul­tant.

Among those dis­missed is Car­rie-Ann More­au, the woman at the cen­tre of the sex­u­al mis­con­duct al­le­ga­tions made against for­mer sport min­is­ter Dar­ryl Smith.

The oth­er of­fi­cers are Camille Le Gen­dre, Al­lan Gour, Lisa Shar­ma, Abi­o­la Clarence and Af­ta Jem­mot-Bharath, ac­cord­ing to doc­u­ments ob­tained by Guardian Me­dia.

Duke: Judiciary protest, no political stunt

Pub­lic Ser­vice As­so­ci­a­tion (PSA) pres­i­dent Wat­son Duke is call­ing on Ju­di­cia­ry work­ers to con­tin­ue their dai­ly protests against im­pend­ing re­struc­tur­ing with­in the or­gan­i­sa­tion, over the next four months.

Ad­dress­ing a hand­ful of work­ers, who gath­ered in front of the Hall of Jus­tice in Port-of-Spain around mid­day on Mon­day, Duke called on them to gath­er for a short group prayer ses­sion every hour be­tween 9 am and 2 pm.

Cabrera gets Industrial Court post

Trade union head Vincent Cabrera will now serve in the Industrial Court.

He is one of several appointments to the court's Service Divisions.

The Bankers and Insurance General Workers Union president will be a member of the General Services Division.

Meanwhile, Lawrence Achong will be retained as chairman of the essential Services Division.

Wendy Ali will also be appointed to the Essential Services Division.

Angela Hamel-Smith will be a member of the General Services Division along with Indra Rampersad suite, Elizabeth Solomon and Nizam Khan.

Courts hit hard as public servants stay off job

Hundreds of public servants working in the Judiciary have heeded the Public Service Association (PSA)'s call to stay away from work in protest of the proposed restructuring of the organisation. 

The association's "Holiday for Justice" began this morning with the majority of public servants assigned to the country's three High Courts and thirteen Magistrate's Courts not showing up for duty. 

Panday evicted from Rienzi office he's occupied for more than 40 years

Former prime minister Basdeo Panday has been evicted from his Rienzi Complex office.

Mr Panday said that this morning when his secretary arrived at the location, the gates were locked and she was greeted with a big sign saying the Basdeo Panday Foundation was evicted from the premises.

Mr Panday has held an office at Rienzi Complex for more than four decades.

The former prime minister told us he has contacted the police and referred the matter to them.

PSA, police square off

A confrontation between members of the Public Services Association (PSA) and police today as police were called in to clear a room of PSA workers who turned up for a meeting with the Chief Personnel Officer (CPO).

According to reports, the PSA executive were to meet with the CPO to continue negotiations for the 2013 to 2019 period.

However, the CPO felt that too many people were in the room and walked out, prompting protest action by the PSA members.

The Guard and Emergency Branch of the Police Service were called in and to clear the room.

Teachers want salary hike - boycott likely if CPO fails to settle

The 2019 new aca­d­e­m­ic school term may see teach­ers boy­cotting class­es if the Chief Per­son­nel Of­fi­cer (CPO) fails to ar­rive at a rea­son­able salary ne­go­ti­a­tion with the T&T Uni­fied Teach­ers As­so­ci­a­tion (TTUTA).

The warn­ing came yes­ter­day from pres­i­dent of TTUTA Lyns­ley Doo­d­hai, as pri­ma­ry and sec­ondary schools get set to open its doors next Mon­day.

On Fri­day the CPO will meet with TTUTA to dis­cuss salary ne­go­ti­a­tions for its 15,000 teach­ers.

Of this fig­ure, TTUTA rep­re­sents 11,500 teach­ers.