They claim that workers were right to stop their duties if their health and safety was compromised, even if it meant that members of the public would be negatively affected.
Workers have ceased duties at several Immigra¬tion Division offices, in an attempt to have their issues addressed.
President General of the Oil¬fields Workers’ Trade Union (OWTU) Ancel Roget said workers fought for the implementation of the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA), and they should not be victimized by anyone for exercising their legal rights according to the act.
Roget stated that the management of any company or employer had their duty of care to ensure safe and healthy workplaces was provided for wor¬kers to perform their duties, and to the extent that was not happening, the workers had all rights within the law to remove themselves from harm’s way.
And first vice-president of the Trinidad and Tobago Unified Teachers’ Association (TTUTA) Davanand Sinanan said that it was a health and safety issue and they were in full support of the workers’ actions.
He stated that workers had the right to a safe and se¬cure working environment, including public officers, and they would stand solidly behind them in their quest to demand that right.