Saturday, December 16, 2017

...Griffith: Committee set up to bring ‘sound resolution’



Mark Fraser

 An interim committee has been set up to bring a resolution to the protest at the Immigration Department.

According to a release issued yesterday by National Security Minister Gary Griffith, the impasse between the Public Service Association (PSA) and the Ministry of National Security’s Immigration Division “is receiving the full attention of Government, as an interim committee, comprising members of the ministry and the PSA, has been established to treat with this matter and bring it to resolution”. The first meeting of the parties will take place today.

The decision came following a meeting at the Office of the Prime Minister in St Clair with the Minister of National Security, Minister of Housing and Urban Development Dr Roodal Moonilal, representatives of the Immigration Division and the Ministry of National Security and members of the PSA, led by its president Watson Duke, the release stated.

In addressing the PSA team,  Griffith stressed there is a dire need, more than ever, for both parties to come to a sound resolution in the interest of citizens who are being heavily inconvenienced by the action taken by immigration officers. 

He promised the ministry will do whatever necessary to treat with any shortcomings in the Immigration building, the release added.

Griffith also noted the time has come for the PSA and the Ministry of National Security to devise a plan through which the interests of both immigration workers and citizens are taken care of simultaneously.

Moonilal in his contribution said his ministry is poised to assist in swiftly remedying the health and safety issues of workers to ensure that business can return to normal for all, as soon as possible. 

He committed the services of the Urban Development Corporation of Trinidad and Tobago Ltd (UDeCOTT) to assist in any ameliorative works that are to be done at the offices, the release said.