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Trinidad: Judiciary staff threaten shutdown

ADMINISTRATIVE staff at the Judiciary are threatening to shut down the courts next week to protest a move to terminate them and hire contract workers to fill key positions.

They have dubbed next Monday’s proposed shutdown a “justice holiday.”

The workers met with their union representatives at the Public Services Association (PSA) on Abercromby Street, Port of Spain, and later walked to the Hall of Justice, Knox Street, where they were addressed by the union’s president Watson Duke.

“Monday is a holiday for justice – a justice holiday,” Duke said.

Staff from various court districts, including Tobago, Point Fortin, Siparia, San Fernando, Mayaro, Port of Spain, Arima, and Tunapuna, were at the protest.

They said with the setting up of new courts, including the new criminal and traffic court divisions, several administrative staff positions, among them judicial support officers for judges, will be terminated by September 1.

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