At a press conference in Marabella yesterday, Labor Minister Errol McLeoud stated that the workers and their representative union the Public Services Association (PSA), were in clear violation of the injunction ordered by the court last Thursday which sought to prevent them from taking industrial action.
McLeod condemned those who disobeyed and therefore violated an important decision of the industrial court.
PSA President Watson Duke indicated yesterday that there would be no bargaining until the injunctions were removed.
McLeoud said that while they believed that workers’ health and safety should not be compromised the Government was not blind to the machinations of those who cried wolf every time they sought to by-pass the established process of collective bargaining and the legal procedure .
He claimed that there was also a clearly defined procedure for the workers’ response to threats to their health, their lives and their limbs at the workplace and the procedure also explains something about the role of the OSH inspector.
He also apologized to citizens affected by the shut-down of operations at the Immigration Departments in Port of Spain and San Fernando.