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Trinidad: Give us a chance, says postal union

Postal workers are so overworked they are falling ill and going on sick-leave, said the TT Postal Workers Union at a briefing at their El Dorado headquarters yesterday. “There is high absenteeism because the workforce is suffering from burnout,” said general secretary David Forbes.

The union called for more staff and for the corporation and its line minister to engage with them, as is done in Cuba, to help craft TTPost’s transformation. Forbes flatly condemned any idea of privatising the corporation. “We say all positions must be retained.”

He lamented that even ahead of it undergoing a transformation plan, the corporation now inexplicably has no long-term Strategic Plan as to its future. “The union requests a forensic audit into TTPost.” Forbes said while TTPost last year spent $141 million, it earned only $66 million.

He urged Public Utilities Minister Robert Le Hunte to say sorry for remarking in his budget speech that TTPost was a drain on the economy, but without giving details. Forbes also alleged Le Hunte had not replied to two letters they sent him.

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