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Trade Minister states Government working to address union concerns

by | Jul 7, 2014

vasantPresident of the Public Services Association (PSA) Watson Duke has shut down some Government buildings due to health concerns.

The PSA head stated that the institutions presented a safety risk for workers, and as such could not and would not be occupied until the structures were proven to be sound.

The Immigration Office on Frederick Street, Port of Spain was shut down by Duke who labelled it “a sick building”.

Duke said about 100 people were affected by lack of an emergency exit in the event of a fire, there was no fire certificate and the air quality was low.

Other offices that were shut down included The Board of Inland Revenue on Independence Square and the National Insurance building on Abercromby St.

Trade and Industry Minister Vasant Barath has stated that the Government is aware of the health and safety issues of the Union.

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The Minister also commented on the protest action that was taken by pilots at Caribbean Airlines last week.

Minister Barath claimed that the Government continued to negotiate in good faith, and has had a good track record generally with union negotiations

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