A senior immigration officer has said yesterday’s midday downpour caused the ground floor of Immigration Office, at Frederick Street, Port of Spain, to be completely flooded.
Workers at the Immigration offices in Port of Spain and San Fernando have been protesting health and safety issues and had been staying away from work following instructions from president of the Public Services Association (PSA) Watson Duke .
Labour Minister Errol McLeod however filed an injunction and workers were ordered to return to work. The workers continued to stay away and McLeod filed contempt proceedings against Duke which are ongoing. Operations at the Immigration Office have since resumed.
Via a telephone interview yesterday, the senior immigration officer said: “The entire ground floor was flooded at Frederick Street. People are no longer coming in because of the level of the water. But the staff are afraid to leave because of the injunction from McLeod. They have not yet gotten any word from management as to whether they should leave or not. The doors were closed to the public between 1 p.m and 2 p.m but the staff remained inside. Production is still working because they are on the third floor.”