Hundreds of public officers marched through east Port of Spain this morning to demand settlement of their wage negotiations.
The protesting workers, led by Watson Duke, President of the National Trade Union Centre (NATUC), wound their way through St. Paul Street and Besson Street.
They are marching to protest against what they believe is the Chief Personnel Officer's delay in settling wage negotiations for workers from different state agencies.
The negotiations apply to different periods.
The sedition charge against Public Services' Association (PSA) President, Watson Duke, has been dismissed.
Chief Magistrate Maria Busby-Earle-Caddle opted to discharge Duke as he reappeared before her in the Port-of-Spain Magistrate's Court, a short while ago.
State prosecutors had requested that Busby-Earle-Caddle adjourn the case, after a preliminary hearing of the State's appeal over Justice Frank Seepersad's judgement, in which he struck down aspects of the Sedition Act. The hearing is carded for February 3.
Watson Duke, Minority Leader of the Tobago House of Assembly, is taking President of the Penal/Debe Chamber of Commerce Rampersad Sieuraj to task over statements on the use of Tobago's budgetary allocation.
On Monday, at a press conference in Couva, Sieuraj reportedly suggested that the corporation and THA exchange their annual budgetary allocations for two years so the corporation's flooding issue can be fixed.
Tobago gets just over $2 billion in allocations annually, while the corporation gets less than $100 million.
Political leader of the Progressive Democratic Patriots, Watson Duke, says the local government election results show the level of frustration by the population.
Watson Duke says he is expecting similar results in next year's General Election.
He says young people in particular are growing fed up of local politics and are finding ways to have their voices heard.
According to the PDP leader, young people will not suffer their voice to be silenced by anyone. That is why there are so many youth-led protests happening around the world.
Newly re-elected political leader of the Progressive Democratic Patriots (PDP), Watson Duke, is making another call for Tobagonians to seriously embrace the idea of independence from Trinidad.
He maintains that Tobagonians must stop believing that they cannot survive without Trinidad, and that they actually would be better off if they are no longer tied to Trinidad.
Watson Duke, leader of the Progressive Democratic Patriots (PDP), retained his position as the political leader of the party at the party's first- ever internal executive elections help at the Belle Garden Multi-Purpose Facility on Sunday, November 24.
No one else contested the post.
Duke founded the PDP in 2016 to fight the Tobago House of Assembly's January 2017 elections.
His party won two of the twelve electoral districts, breaking the monopoly held by the People's National Movement in the 2013 THA election.
Chairman of the Council for Responsible Political Behaviour, Dr Bishnu Ragoonath, says this country still has a long way to go in improving its political culture.
Dr Ragoonath made the comment in light of recent comments by Watson Duke, president of the Public Service Association (PSA). Mr Duke also is political leader of the Progressive Democratic Patriots (PDP), as well as Minority Leader in the Tobago House of Assembly (THA).
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.
Watson Duke has announced he will step down from his leadership position at the PSA from Nov. 30 as his Progressive Democratic Patriots prepare to launch a national election campaign.
He made the announcement during a press conference at the PSA headquarters this morning, as he spoke out for the first time about his sedition charges. Duke said he is facing "trumped up charges" because he fired back at Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley for "down crying" public servants.