Tuesday 16 October, 2018

Gaming sector representative nominated as temporary senator

Joshua Johnson, Vice President of the Union of Members Club and Lottery Workers has been appointed a temporary senator

Joshua Johnson, Vice President of the Union of Members Club and Lottery Workers has been appointed a temporary senator

The Union of Members Club and Lottery Workers has nominated its vice president, Joshua Johnson as a temporary senator.

Debate on the Appropriation (Financial Year 2018) Bill, 2017 commenced in the Upper House on Tuesday.

The nomination follows a protest by workers outside the Parliament on October 11 during which Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar said she would appoint a representative from the gaming industry to go before the Senate to voice their concerns.

The Union said since that announcement it has tried to make representations and meet Finance Minister Colm Imbert in an attempt to persuade him to revisit what it described as the repressive and regressive taxation measures in the budget without any success.

It said as a result of its failure to hold direct discussions with Minister Imbert, it has accepted the invitation of the Opposition leader and has nominated vice president of the Union, Joshua Johnson as a temporary senator to represent the workers.

Johnson, a Diego Martin resident, holds a Bachelors in Business Administration (BBA) from the University of New Brunswick, an Associate Degree in Management-General Management from Roytec as well as various certificates in Management and FIU Compliance.

The Union noted that Johnson has worked in the gaming industry for the past 16 years, starting his career at the entry level position of slot attendant and has worked his way up through the ranks.

He is presently the General Manager/Arcade at the East Lime Recreation Club.

The Union added that Johnson previously served in various capacities in the gaming industry and has a comprehensive understanding and appreciation for the industry.

It said this included Johnson working as the General Manager/Club 1 Private Members’ Club with FIU Compliance training and competencies, Club Manager at Ma Pau, Restaurant Manager at Sweet Lime Restaurant and Club Manager/Slots Manager at the Crystal Palace Tobago.

The Union said it is hopeful that the presentation of Johnson in the Senate will be strong and persuasive to convince both the Government and Independent senators to make changes to the ‘unfair taxation measures”, which it said will lead to massive job cuts in the gaming industry.

During his budget presentation earlier this month, the Finance Minister announced increases in taxation in the gaming sector, effective January 2018.