President of the Public Services Association, Watson Duke engaged in protest action earlier today outside of the Central Bank, in Port-of-Spain. He was protesting recent developments on the issue of staff of the Inland Revenue division being transferred to the TT Revenue Authority.
The Finance Ministry announced back in October that all staff in the Inland Revenue Division and the Customs and Excise Division will transition from their respective positions to the TT Revenue Authority at terms and conditions no less favourable than those that they currently enjoy.
In a statement, the ministry said this means any member of staff who desires to transition to the TTRA will be guaranteed a position in the organisation. The ministry also said one objective of the TTRA is to better compensate, train and equip staff to execute their duties more efficiently.
The PSA head, during his protest said under the countrys’ current legislation the Revenue Authority will not function properly and as such things will have to be amended.
Duke said eventually the IRA will have all rights to seize property.
Duke said while there are subjective perceptions with the day to day running of Revenue Authorities there is no main objective which can avoid the possibilities of corruption and red tape.