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One day after a WASA employees are gunned down on the job, one union leader questions whether the goverment is capable of fighting crime

One day after a WASA employees are gunned down on the job, one union leader questions whether the goverment is capable of fighting crime

WASA WORKERS.1 (1)The slaying of a WASA employee on the job in Cocorite on Tuesday has once again reignited the crime conversation in the country.

President of the Public Services Association, Watson Duke today questioned whether the government is truly capable of dealing with the scourge.

He was speaking in an exclusive interview News Power Now this morning.

Reports are that Nejie Jaja and Luke Rampersad, both daily paid WASA workers, had been conducting repairs to a leaking pipeline at Power Magazine in Cocorite when a lone gunman approached and opened fire. Jaja, an employee with the utility for the past three years, was pronounced dead at hospital while Rampersad is nursing non life threatening injuries at the Port of Spain General Hospital.

This morning, General Secretary of the National Trade Union Centre, Michael Anisette said crime is out of control and we can no longer play politics with the issue. He called for the social problem to be urgently addressed by everyone in society.

Asked whether WASA and other state authorities would need to increase their security measures for the safety of employees, the NATUC official said the focus should be how society can come together to eliminate the scourge.

The Water and Sewage Authority has since stated that it will cover the funeral expenses of the slain utility employee.

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