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Port Authority denies 5% agreement

SWWTU President Michael Annisette

Both the Port Authority and the Seamen and Waterfront Workers Trade Union are dismissing reports that a five percent wage increase agreement for workers at the Port of Port of Spain has been signed.

Port Authority workers have been complaining of unsanitary working conditions, improper hiring practices and the state of wage negotiations.

Recently the employees engaged in strike action, a move which the business community described as a negative impact going into the Christmas season.

In a News Power Authority interview, S.W.W.T.U. President, Michael Annisette, dismissed the report as mischievous and untrue.

PLAY CLIP – S.W.W.T.U. President, Michael Annisette

Port Authority General Manager, Colin Lucas, confirmed talks between the two sides will continue this week but no agreement he says has been reached.

PLAY CLIP – Port Authority General Manager, Colin Lucas

Meantime, Transport Minister Devant Maharaj is once again saying that he expects an agreement to be reached soon between port workers and the management of the port of Port of Spain…

In an interview on Sunday Minister Maharaj said except for minor details both sides have reached an agreement

PLAY CLIP – Transport Minister Devant Maharaj

Minister Maharaj said that he expects the president of the SWWTU Michael Anisette would soon be calling on his members to accept this agreement

PLAY CLIP – Transport Minister Devant Maharaj

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