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Tuesday, 07 June 2016 19:06

PSA stands in solidarity with soon to be terminated HCDFC workers

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The Public Services Association of Trinidad and Tobago is standing in solidarity with the trainees and employees under the Human Capital Development Facilitation Company Limited whose jobs are being threatened.

At last Thursday's Post Cabinet Media Briefing, Minister Stuart Young said the Government had taken a decision to wind up operations of the Human Development Facilitation Company Limited, a State Enterprise which he said was created in order to help the former Ministry of Tobago Development suppress and undermine the roles and functions of the Tobago House of Assembly.

On Tuesday, PSA President Watson Duke said the matter is definitely a political one and he is prepared to do whatever it takes to ensure that the workers maintain their jobs.

He cautioned the employees to beware of those who would use them to play a political game.

"These workers approximately 200 of them, they do not want sympathy. What they want is a job. What they want is a solution. They don't want cheap politics. They don't want threat. What they want is someone who could deliver. What they want is Watson Duke."

But is he too playing politics with the workers?

"I am supporting them as the President of the Public Services Association and I am also supporting them politically. These are our children, these are our brothers, our sisters, our mothers, our fathers, and indeed, politics is what drives policy in this country."

However Mr. Duke said the matter would be immediately taken to the Ministry of Labour and Industrial Court.

Asked whether protest action would follow, he said it depends on the outcome.

"The PSA do not protest for protest sake. At the appropriate time, if we think it is warranted, we will do that but it will be done with an aim in mind. There are some persons who want to do protest just to be seen when they are not trade unions, they are not involved in the lives of workers, only in politics. We are telling workers to shy away from those types of games and grandstanding events."

 

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