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Union leaders lend support to workers’ action

By \\\\\ Sue-Ann Wayow sue-ann.wayow@trinidadexpress.com

UNION leaders are in full support of the action taken by members of the Public Services Association (PSA) at the Immigration Division.

They say the workers have the right to cease duties if their health and safety was compromised, even though it means disrupting transactions sought after by numerous citizens and foreigners.

PSA workers continue to cease

duties at several Immigra­tion Division offices, in an attempt to have their issues addressed.

President general of the Oil­fields Workers’ Trade Union (OWTU) Ancel Roget said workers fought for the implementation of the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA), and they should not be victimised by anyone for exercising their legal rights according to the act.

He said: “We support all wor­kers who exercise their right within the law. It is the right of the workers in such a situation to remove themselves from any life-threatening situation. 

“The management of any company or employer have their duty of care to ensure safe and healthy workplaces is provided for wor­kers to perform their duties, and to the extent that is not happening, the workers have all rights within the law to remove themselves from harm’s ways.”

President of the Communication Workers Union (CWU) Joseph Remy said: “The Communication Workers Union would be supportive of any action taken by workers in pur­suance of justice and what we consider to be a legitimate cause. 

“Workers in the PSA are comfortable with the action they have taken, and from all appearances, they are suffering a great injustice because there are reports that there are serious health and safety issues at those buildings.”

And first vice-president of the Trinidad and Tobago Unified Teachers’ Association (TTUTA) Davanand Sinanan said: “It is a health and safety issue; of course, we don’t have any problem with it. Workers have the right to a safe and se­cure working environment, including public officers, and we would stand solidly behind them in their quest to demand that right.”

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