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Pay hike for port managers overdue

This is an open letter to our honourable Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar and her Minister of Transport Chandresh Sharma on the plight of the Port Authority's Senior Managers Association (SMA) members who have not had an increase in their salaries for the past 61 months.

There was widespread advertisement on the government's achievement of having settled over 45 collective agreements left by the PNM since 2008.

Prime Minister, 61 months means that the PATT's SMA is into the last year of a second outstanding collective agreement since 2008.

Nobody seems to care one hoot about the SMA members. At Natuc's meeting with the former president general, Michael Annisette, and James Lambert with the Minister of Finance to settle all outstanding wage negotiations dating back to 2008, it was agreed all would receive a nine per cent increase.

There is a saying that the port is a PNM party branch and is that why SMA members are suffering so? There are foot soldiers of the UNC, COP, NJAC and TOP at the port, both in Trinidad and in Tobago. There are also members of various constituency executives of the Partnership government employed there. There are persons who worked in the recent elections as polling agents for many Members of Parliament and councillors employed there.

Prime Minister, can you ask your Minister of Finance to communicate with the CPO his commitment to Natuc on the PATT's SMA outstanding collective agreement for the years 2008 to 2010.

Lystra Lythe

Sangre Grande

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