Public Service Association President, Watson Duke, has defended his use of a racial slur when calling on members of the public not to support the People's National Movement (PNM) in the upcoming local government election.
Speaking on a morning talk show on Power 102, he only apologised to those who misunderstood what he meant when using the term.
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.
PSA President Watson Duke is at this time "pounding" out a tune on the glass doors at the Ministry of Finance as he demands to be let into the government office.
Accompanied by a small contingent of public servants, Duke and senior officers at the Public Services Association are calling for the settlement of outstanding arrears owed to government workers for the period 2014 to 2016.
President of the Public Services Association (PSA) Watson Duke says he will not contest next year’s PSA elections.
Instead, he plans to focus on his career as a politician which he began in 2016 having formed the Progressive Democratic Patriots (PDP).
His party won two of the 12 contested seats and he became the Tobago House of Assembly’s Minority Council Leader on January 23, 2017. Duke revealed his future plans during a live Facebook broadcast on Sunday.
Public Services Association (PSA) president Watson Duke is considering contesting next year's general election.
Duke said so while addressing media personnel during a symbolic bonfire at the rooftop of the association's headquarters at Abercromby Street, Port-of-Spain, on Tuesday.
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.