‘Send in the clowns’ is the title of a classic song written for a play launched on Broadway all the way back in 1973. I think it should have been dusted off and polished up and used as the signature tune for the play Watson Duke is making to take …Read More »
New Public Services Association (PSA) president Leroy Baptiste made his first public statement today, three days after taking office, and it was a call for workers to ‘reject outright the Government’s coercive attempt to force vaccination on the citizenry’. Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley announced on 18 December that, to …Read More »
Dr Rowley seeks to address rampant virus with ‘public sector safe zones’; but will Duke shoulder arms?
At just past 4pm today, the Ministry of Health reported 33 deaths from Covid-19 over the past 24 hours. And, in a statement that is likely to be lost in the shrill of responses to Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley’s latest promised pandemic measures, chief medical officer Dr Roshan Parasram …Read More »
AG asks court to examine Duke’s THA and PSA posts, union site says political and union roles ‘inextricably linked’
Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs Faris Al-Rawi has turned to the High Court for an interpretation of the Tobago House of Assembly Act and, specifically, a determination as to whether Watson Duke can legally continue in his dual role of THA deputy chief secretary and Public Service Association …Read More »
Dear Editor: Could Duke keep day job if he was Massy chair? So how, Mr Weatherhead, is PSA job different?
“[…] What next Mr Weatherhead?! If we allow trade unionists to perform their full-time duties at their unions and still take up full-time jobs in the executive branch of government or in the executive of the THA, why can’t the chairperson of ANSA/McAl or the Massy Group of Companies do …Read More »
“[…] No matter how intelligent, resourceful, talented, creative or gifted, one individual cannot effectively and efficiently discharge the functions/duties of two full-time jobs. “[…] The Chief Secretary, in effect, would be demonstrating a stupefying lack of confidence in the other members of his team at the THA if he allows …Read More »
“[…] I recalled the vociferous demands and protest by the then PSA leadership [in 1986] for an increase in salaries from the Government, while the opposition National Alliance for Reconstruction (NAR) promised that they would implement the requested increase. “[…] Without an ounce of shame, I note the exact same …Read More »
Muhammad: Sedition charge is ‘globally embarrassing’ relic of dark ages; Griffith: Police will enforce all laws
David Muhammad: “It is globally embarrassing, socially backward, and developmentally counter-productive, for any society that promotes ideals of free speech in the 21st Century to conjure up ghosts of the intellectually dark ages of as far back as the 17th Century [such as the Sedition Act]…” Police Commissioner Gary Griffith: …Read More »
“It is disturbing that the police have not made a comprehensive statement on the issue which clarifies the nature of the so-called investigation. Information in the public sphere seems to suggest that Mr [Watson] Duke is being investigated for statements made months ago and which are said to be seditious. …Read More »
I am relieved to learn that the Cabinet “retreat” in Tobago last weekend did not have, as a main item on its agenda: “Achievements of the not-so-new Government during its first six months in office.” If it did, I would have screamed bloody murder. Not to add rape of the …Read More »
Okay, I have just done some cleaning up and tossed out the garbage. How else can I make myself useful for the next few minutes? I know: how about helping to fix the passport office dilemma? This one is tricky. The passport offices are unfit for work and citizens will …Read More »
PSA President Watson Duke was back on the POS streets with a loud speaker and chip on each shoulder as he lectured on pay injustices yet found time to criticise OWTU leader Ansil Roget. Of course, Roget got his workers a nine percent increase while Duke controversially accepted five percent. …Read More »