Friday 23 October, 2020

Kamla to gov’t: Do more to protect workers from COVID-19

Opposition Leader, Kamla Persad Bissessar

Opposition Leader, Kamla Persad Bissessar

Opposition Leader, Kamla Persad Bissessar is calling on the government to play a more active role in the way COVID-19 affects the working class in Trinidad and Tobago. 

In a Facebook statement this morning, Persad Bissessar said that despite work from home and rotation measures, thousands still stand to be affected by the virus. As Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley is set to address the nation today, she hopes this will be one of his front-burner issues. 

“I am therefore calling on the Government to step up as they should have done months ago and enact proper measures which can protect our nation's workers,” she wrote. 

Referencing the uncertainty regarding Pandemic Leave, Persad Bissessar said it’s high time to form a proper policy around it. 

“Given that the government failed to institute the Pandemic Leave which they promised since in March, many of these workers who are Immunocompromised and highly vulnerable to this deadly virus have been left unprotected and at the mercy of employers in the event that they need to quarantine, isolate or simply reduce their public interactions because of their high-risk nature,” she said. 

Going a step further, she said the onus is on the government to iron out employers who seem to be on the side of forcing sick workers to come out. 

“There must be action to ensure that all public, as well as private entities, undertake a common basic level of safety measures,” she said. 

Dr Rowley is set to address the nation at 2:30pm today. He’s expected to announce the rollback of existing COVID-19 measures or to implement new ones.  

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