Sunday 5 April, 2020

Duke shuts PSA offices for two weeks amid coronavirus fears

Public Services Association (PSA) President Watson Duke says he has ordered the organisation to close its doors for two weeks as concerns heighten over the spread of the novel coronavirus. 

The announcement was made on Friday and comes a day after the Government confirmed the country's first case.

"We have made a decision in the PSA here. We have made a decision that we will close all our PSA offices, all of them, Tobago and Trinidad, all and we will come back out on the 31st of March to see, to get an update, to get a briefing as to what we'll do after that." 

Duke was speaking on Facebook live when he said he asked staff to work from home.

The PSA President further called on public sector workers to boycott work on Monday. 

"The PSA is calling upon public officers in Trinidad and Tobago to take a day off on Monday. Send a message to the Government. There must be hand sanitizers in the workplace, there must be sweet soap, there must be running water, there must be paper towels - is not hand towels now - paper towels or the blower to dry your hands. We want all the paper and there are many offices without those things, put them there. We want drinking water. Send a message to the Government on Monday," he said.

Meanwhile, Duke said the march that was scheduled for Monday, to rally for increased salaries has been cancelled.

Get the latest local and international news straight to your mobile phone for free: