Watson Duke

Watson is Duke of Roxborough but PNM claims 10-2 THA victory

Leader of the Public Service Association (PSA) Watson Duke has led his Progressive Democratic Party (PDP) into the Tobago House of Assembly (THA), taking two seats away from the People's National Movement (PNM) in Monday's polls.

The PNM won the election convincingly, but the PDP's two seats now mean the THA will have an opposing party for the first time in four years.

The PNM had won the 2013 election by a margin of 12-nil over the Tobago Organisation of the People.

Duke won Roxborough/Delaford with 1,261 votes over the PNM's Gary Melville with 949 votes.

Imbert: Wage restraint, not freeze; Duke: Imbert is Pharoah

Finance Minister Colm Imbert says the Government has taken no decision on a "wage freeze", but instead, a wage restraint.

The Minister says his comments this morning were taken out of context.

He had announced this morning that in upcoming negotiations for public servants, the Government would offer zero percent from 2017 to 2020.

His announcement drew the ire of the president of the Public Services Association (PSA) Watson Duke, who described the Minister as "Pharoah" at an earlier news conference.

Watson Duke's PDP seeks to make Tobago a "first-world nation" by 2030

Political leader of the Progressive Democratic Party (PDP) Watson Duke says the party intends to make Tobago a "first-world nation" by 2030.

The PDP has already selected six candidates for the Tobago House of Assembly elections, which is expected to be in January 2017. 

He says there appears to be a number of people already coming to Tobago with the intent of voting in the upcoming elections.


Voice notes warn of complete WASA shutdown tonight; PSA president distances himself

A series of voice notes are now circulating warning of a complete shutdown of all WASA plants at 9.30 tonight but PSA President Watson Duke says that is not a decision taken by the union.

The voice notes began circulating just after 10 am today on social media platform WhatsApp, saying talks have broken down.

Two of the voice notes, in particular, referred to health and safety issues impacting Process Plant Operators.