Thursday, August 17, 2017

PORT OF TROUBLE *

Manager, accountant suspended after clashes with top executive

RESIGNED: Christine Sahadeo


THE Port Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (PATT) has been described by employees as a “war-zone” from which former chairman Christine Sahadeo escaped.

Sahadeo resigned her position in late February and the other Port board members followed suit soon after.

A new Port Authority board was installed earlier this month. And although Sahadeo is gone, heated battles between some senior managers and a top executive are continuing.

Sources say managers had complained about the executive to Sahadeo and also drafted a letter of complaint to then-Transport Minister Fitzgerald Hinds. That letter takes issue with the executive's management, in particular, and the suspension of two senior people at the PATT — Neil Bridgelal, manager Health, Safety and the Environment; and Racquel Ramsaran, accountant.

It is alleged that both employees were suspended after raising questions about the executive's payment of compensation of more than $100,000 to the executive's relative who is emloyed at the port and was injured on the compound, as well as the payment of a $15,000 monthly salary to an intern attached to the legal department.

 

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