Lake Asphalt workers protest

Workers of the Lake Asphalt Company are warning the People's National Movement (PNM) Administration that it will lose the La Brea seat, if something is not done to save the company.

Workers protested outside the company's office at Brighton, La Brea this morning.

According to Branch President of the Contractors and General Workers Trade Union, Noble Raeburn, workers were told that the company has been confronted with dire financial constraints.

They now fear that the company may shut its doors and workers will be sent home.

No doctor at Couva/Tabaquite/Talparo Regional Corporation

Chairman of the Couva/Tabaquite/Talparo Regional Corporation (CTTRC), Henry Awong, has confirmed that the Corporation is without a Principal Medical and Health Officer…

And he is urging the Local Government Minister to sort out the situation quickly, since the post is a very senior one.

Guardian Media spoke with Mr Awong on Friday morning as he was about to enter the CTTRC’s offices at Railway Road, Couva, who expressed concern that the post be filled as soon as possible, in light of the current global coronavirus threat.

Annisette: Labour wants genuine engagement with Government

General Secretary of the National Trade Union Centre (NATUC), Michael Anisette, believes Government’s efforts to decriminalise marijuana should have been put behind the labour movement.

Speaking on CNC3's The Morning Brew, today, Anisette said the working class does not see such haste and commitment when it comes to their issues.

“Where is the haste to implement that kind of legislation that will protect the working class?” he asks.  “But within weeks we have legislation passed for marijuana.”

CEPEP still helping with clean up after flood crisis

The general manager of CEPEP Company Limited is satisfied that the CEPEP team is responding effectively to the needs of recent flood victims in south Trinidad.

Keith eddy told us from the minute a flooding disaster begins, CEPEP stands on alert, and prepares for when its teams are needed to help with clean-up operations, after the crisis is over.

Several state entities came under heavy criticism for failing to be responsive to the needs of citizens, who were badly affected by last week’s flooding crisis.

JTUM warns Government over failure to settle outstanding negotiations quickly

One month the delivering a letter to the Finance Minister in which they requested priority focus be placed on the settlement of outstanding salary negotiations to all public servants, the Joint Trade Union Movement (JTUM) today delivered a “gentle reminder” to Colm Imbert that 2020 may not begin as smoothly as the government is anticipating.

Licensing Office remained closed today

The Licensing Office in Port of Spain remained closed today.

According to workers and the union, the sewage problem on the compound was not fixed.

First Vice President of the Public Service Association (PSA), Ian Murray, said workers showed up to work this morning but refused to work because of the open sewer. 

Murray said they expect to meet with the Transport Commissioner on the compound to discuss the issue soon.

On Thursday, staff walked off the compound after raw sewerage was found to be leaking and the toilets stopped working.

Port workers threaten shut down

Workers at the Port of Port of Spain say they will no longer be putting their lives at risk.

The workers say they have been working with equipment that’s thirty years and more, and that various pieces of equipment have been continuously breaking down

The workers say they will be withholding their labour until they can be guaranteed that all health and safety measures are being observed.

One employee who spoke with Guardian Media told us that vessels, as well as the clearing of containers, will be affected by their actions.



CEPEP workers ‘tricked’, less money allocated in budget

One of the ma­jor talk­ing points com­ing out of the $53 bil­lion 2020 bud­get de­liv­ered by Fi­nance Min­is­ter Colm Im­bert last week Mon­day (Oct 7th) was the in­crease in salaries for CEPEP (Com­mu­ni­ty-Based En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion and En­hance­ment Pro­gramme) and URP Un­em­ploy­ment Re­lief Pro­gramme) work­ers of 15 per cent.

The move was hailed by some as a good one but crit­i­cized by oth­ers as be­ing a lo­cal gov­ern­ment elec­tion ploy.

PTSC staff call for reliable bus fleet, safer work environment

Marking the one-year death anniversary of their colleague who was gunned down at his workplace, staff from the Public Transport Service Corporation (PTSC) on Monday staged a placard protest, calling for a reliable bus fleet and a safer work environment.

Standing outside of the PTSC bus terminal at Kings Wharf, San Fernando Monday, the workers called for a meeting with Works and Transport Minister Rohan Sinanan.