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JTUM to deliver letter to Carmona this morning

By Kim Boodram

FOLLOWING yesterday’s march and all-night vigil at Woodford Square, Port of Spain, the Joint Trade Union Movement (JTUM) is this morning expected to deliver to President Anthony Carmona a letter outlining their “major concerns” about the governance of the People’s Partnership.

The “issues” were raised on the platform at Brian Lara Promenade that ended the march through downtown Port of Spain.

Delivering addresses were Opposition leader Dr Keith Rowley, whose People’s National Movement (PNM) dominated the march; Oilfields Workers’ Trade Union (OWTU) president-general Ancel Roget; former attorney general Ramesh Lawrence Maharaj; Movement for Social Justice (MSJ) leader David Abdulah; and Leela Boodhai of the Highway Re-Route Movement (HRM).

These and other groups are calling on Carmona to use whatever powers are available to him to bring into account people in Government who are involved in the Section 34 fiasco; the decision to go ahead with the Debe-to-Mon Desir leg of the Sir  Solomon Hochoy Highway extension to Point Fortin; alleged financial misappropriation in the Life Sport programme; a wastewater deal between the National Gas Company (NGC) and Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA); the Petrotrin oil spills; allegations of a new Flying Squad in the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service; allegations of a ploy to defraud the State through prisoner litigation; and a failure to implement the workers’ agenda.

According to Roget, the document is to be delivered by all of yesterday’s speakers to the Office of the President in St Ann’s at 9 a.m.

Carmona has been called upon by Roget to “use the powers we know he has and also the powers we think he don’t have but he has to address all of these issues in the interest of the people”.

Roget, who also insisted too many inappropriate goings-on have happened under the watch of Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar, joined the chorus for a general election to be called now and issued a teaser that something big is being planned.

Roget called for all citizens to head to Fyza­bad for Labour Day on June 19 without fear.

He warned Persad-Bissessar to call the election before that date, saying: “If by June 19 this year they did not call the election day, we are going to be making a particular announcement on Labour Day... I don’t want to say exactly what that is... but we are going to be making a particular announcement on Labour Day this year and we are going to rally all the patriotic citizens of Trinidad and Tobago to ensure that becomes a reality.”

He has promised Labour Day 2014 will be “one of the best in history”.

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