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CWU not buying Shamfa apology over TDC action

The trinidad Guardian / Tourism Minister Shamfa Cudjoe yesterday “apolgised for the way” the Tourism Development Company dissolution was handled, but has indicated she cannot reverse the move since it was a Cabinet decision.

This was the word from Communication Workers’ Union general secretary Joseph Remy, as he confirmed the union would now write the Cabinet’s head, Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley, on the matter.

He made the comment following a meeting with Cudjoe on the TDC issue at the Labour Ministry, amidst a CWU demonstration near the ministry and the Parliament

“They apologised and asked unions to return to the National Tripartite Advisory Council, but we’re not accepting that. It’s a sham,” Remy said.

Remy said the CWU would write Rowley since it had asked Cudjoe to rescind the decision and she said it was a Cabinet decision and another Cabinet meeting would have to be held to reverse this.

He said since the Prime Minister had said he headed the Cabinet that took the decision, they would liaise with him and also enclose the union’s alternative plan for the TDC.

Remy added: “This Government shouldn’t be using recessionary times as an excuse to break the law in industrial relations practices,”

He said the CWU would also press forward with its industrial relations application on the matter with the Industrial Court.

As a result, he said, Government could not send any staff home in the absence of proper industrial relations practices.

“We’re not accepting any three months dissolution of the TDC,” he said.

CWU president John Julien added: “This Government will pay the political price of the disrespect meted out to TDC workers.”

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