Monday 21 October, 2019

WATCH: Swissport, immigration workers threaten Carnival disruptions

Head of the Public Services Association (PSA) Watson Duke said if the management of Swissport does not meet with workers by February 9 to discuss their grievances then workers will take action during over the Carnival period. 

Speaking to media on Wednesday at Piarco International Airport, Duke said a worker was told last Friday to prepare for a tribunal hearing on Monday and did not have time to prepare, and was terminated. 

Additionally, Duke said workers are not compensated for any injuries suffered on the job. 

He added that workers attached to the Immigration Division and the Custome and Excise Division are still uncertain regarding the establishment of the Trinidad and Tobago Revenue Authority, and is asking for a Memorandum of Understanding to be signed in order to secure workers' rights. 

"We have heard the (Finance) Minister through his agents making powerful statements, stating that no worker will lose their job, that pensions will remain intact...we are challenging the Minister of Finance today, if your word is good then let us sign a Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry and the PSA to ascertain job security for these workers, and also pension. Whatever their salaries are, the pension must reflect that salary," he said. 

Duke said he hopes to meet with the management of Swissport on February 8 to discuss terms, or workers will take action which may affect Carnival arrivals. 

"Failure to do so may will result in workers taking a particular action that may find the Carnival that we have long waited on, being disrupted.

This is not a threat, it is a promise."

"These workers play an important role in ensuring that international arrivals are treated in a hospitable manner."

"If these workers are unhappy, if these issues remain unsolved, chances are that coming next week Friday you will get that type of negative reaction," he said. 

 

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