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Government given 2 weeks to respond or face more industrial action

The government is being given two weeks to respond favorably to the demands of trade union leaders or face more industrial action culminating in a nationwide strike.

This ultimatum was given today by President General of the Oilfield Workers Trade Union, Ancil Roget, who led thousands of public servants to the Prime Minister’s Official residence in St Ann’s.

The group gathered at the Prime Minister’s Office in St. Clair at 10am and marched to La Fantasie Road.

The joint trade union leaders are demanding that government remove the 5 percent cap on wage increases for public servants among other demands.

Mr. Roget said the purpose of today’s march was to hand over a copy of the Labour Day accord to Prime Minister Kamla Persad Bissessar.

However, since the Prime Minister was engaged in her weekly Cabinet meeting at her St Clair office at the time, the labour leaders had to settle for giving the letter to the Prime minister’s Security Advisor Gary Griffith.

Mr. Roget told Mr. Griffith and the Prime Minister’s Permanent Secretary that today’s events were an attempt to prevent further industrial action.

Speaking to supporters after delivering the document Mr. Roget was adamant that the union leaders present at today’s march would not be like other leaders who have accepted the 5 percent wage offer.

Mr. Griffith has promised that the document would be given to the Prime Minister today.

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