Thursday, January 18, 2018

Reinstated PSA executives barred from entering building

EXECUTIVE members of the Public Servants Association (PSA) who were ordered to be re-instated after they were suspended in 2010 were yesterday barred from entering their office at the PSA's Abercromby Street Port of Spain office.

Speaking with members of the media outside the office building yesterday general secretary of the association Oral Saunders said other members of the executive and himself, who on November 28 were ordered to be re-instated as executive members by High Court Judge Joan Charles, were allowed to enter the building but not their office.

The office he said is located on the first floor of the building. Saunders said they were informed by the security at the building that President of the association Watson Duke ordered that the members not be allowed to go to their office.

Trustee Demetrius Harrison said by stopping them from entering the office they were being stopped from doing their job.

Saunders said yesterday's decision by Duke was a surprise to him since from the day of the November 28 order the suspended members: Rosanna Robinson, Rendy Bedasie, Raymond Butler, Harrison, Yvonne de Peiza and himself, had been greeted with open arms by Duke.

Saunders added that Duke brought with him armed security officers to the general executive meeting scheduled for yesterday and refused to dismiss them when told that the meeting was an executive meeting, therefore the security officers should not be present. Attempts to reach Duke subsequently were unsuccessful.