Sunday 22 April, 2018

Union slams 'arrogant' Rambharat over Mora Valley Farm

Agriculture Minister Clarence Rambharat tours farms post Bret

Agriculture Minister Clarence Rambharat tours farms post Bret

Agriculture Minister Clarence Rambharat is being accused of arrogance and callousness following statements made at Thursday’s Post Cabinet media briefing regarding working conditions of personnel at the Mora Valley Farm.  

President General of the All Trinidad General Workers’ Trade Union (ATGWTU) Nirvan Maharaj expressed concern over the Minister’s response which he said was made in a brash, uncivilised and arrogant manner.  

“It is with growing concern that the arrogance and callousness of this Minister and by extension the PNM Government continues to be perpetuated upon the working class of our beloved country of Trinidad and Tobago.

The ATGWTU impressed upon the public the inhumane and atrocious working conditions of the workers at the Mora Valley Farm, the Minister responded…without any concern that the workers were being treated with contempt and disdain by referring to Brucellosis in the Buffalypso herd being the reason for the denial of basic rights to sick leave and casual leave to the employees of the Farm.”

The Union leader said the situation shows how “far removed from the spectre of civility and empathy” Government Ministers are.

He said their positions and egos have eroded their humanitarian capacity to treat employees with a level of fairness and equity and lack the merits of social conscience and good industrial relations practices.

Maharaj said the Minister’s statement can only promote confusion, fear and instability in the minds of the Mora Valley Farm workers and by extension the working class of Trinidad and Tobago.

The ATGWTU President General urged the Minister to immediately reinstate the terms and conditions that the workers would have previously enjoyed and engage in discussions with the Union towards bringing the matter to a “reasonable conclusion” in a mutually beneficial way to all parties involved.

“The Minister must realise that the workers are not numbers and statistics, but they are human beings with feelings, emotions and reasoning,” he said.

“The ATGWTU is steadfast in demanding answers to ensure that the Mon Jaloux and Mora Valley Farms along with the La Gloria Estate are not being bestowed to party hacks for political patronage at the detriment of those employees, their families and the community,” Maharaj added.