A newspaper report this morning suggests that the apparent strike action by Immigration Officers at the Piarco International Airport on Sunday was not as it seemed but rather the result of bad management.
It was initially reported that only two out of 15 officers showed up for work but a source tells the Trinidad Guardian that 14 front-line officers were rostered for duty on that particular shift and three reported for work.
The Guardian Newspaper source says four officers from the shift were on approved vacation leave, one was on casual leave approved since the beginning of the month, four were on sick leave with either the flu or red eye and two were on extended sick leave.
The report goes on to say that Immigration officers are worried that the report sent to the Prime Minister would be skewed so as to suggest wrongdoing on the officers’ part rather than point the finger at management.
National Security Minister Edmund Dillon has assured emergency measures have been put in place so as to mitigate any future occurrences at Piarco.