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Trinidad: Unions urge Govt to protect frontline workers

MEMBERS of the National Trade Union Centre of TT (Natuc) share mixed views on Government’s measures to deal with covid19.

One opinion they share, however, is that the State has not done its best to safeguard the general welfare of a wide cross-section of public workers, who are on the “frontline” in the battle against the virus.

General secretary of Natuc Michael Annisette, said, “We at Natuc are committed to working with the government and all employers to ensure that the work continues, but in the context that the safety of the workers are paramount in whatever exercise is being carried out.”

He spoke at a media conference at NUGFW’s office on Henry Street, Port of Spain, on Wednesday.

The unions complained of a lack of personal protective equipment (PPE) for the most at-risk public-sector workers, the risks facing Public Transport Service Corporation (PTSC) drivers with regard to social distancing and a lack of information on the labour minister’s pandemic-leave policy announcement.

Annisette was supported by first vice-president of the National Union of Government and Federated Workers (NUGFW) James Lambert, secretary general of the Transport and Industrial Workers Union Judy Charles and Public Services Association (PSA) president Watson Duke.

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