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posted 6 Jun 2014, 13:54 by Gerry Kangalee   [ updated 6 Jun 2014, 13:57 ]
Bryan St. Louis, Deputy General Secretary of the Communication Workers Union (CWU) issued the following statement on June 04 2013:

Bryan St. Louis
The Communication Workers' Union would like to publicly express its grave concerns with respect to the recent appointment of Mr. Arnold Ram to the position of Head of Department, Corporate Support Services of the Telecommunications Services of Trinidad and Tobago Limited, effective Wednesday 4"' June 2014. 

We question the timing of this appointment immediately after the Company approved VSP/EERP Packages for over 200 Managers, Professionals and Executives based on their purported and ill-advised 5 Year Strategic Plan. The question begs, was the VSP/EERP a plot by the Company to make room for Ioyalists and cohorts of the People’s Partnership to gain control of TSTT?
We wish to state publicly that reliable information coming to the Union indicates that Mr. Ram is currently holding the position of Research Officer on the National Executive of the United National Congress, (UNC), and was appointed a temporary Senator on a couple of occasions by the People’s Partnership Government. 

Our research has also revealed that Mr. Ram was previously employed at another State Entity, Trinidad and Tobago Electricity Commission, T&TEC, and had to leave under unusual circumstances. He was also reported to be anti-worker and completely beholden to the UNC. 

This apparent act of nepotism cannot be allowed to be perpetuated at TSTT. As a progressive Trade Union, we stand for transparency and equity in all recruitment exercises conducted at TSTT and at other State Entities and as such, we call on the Minister of Finance to immediately intervene in the best interest of the shareholders of the National Enterprise Limited, NEL, and the citizens of Trinidad and Tobago, who are the main stakeholders in TSTT.
This act by the TSTT Management has clearly revealed the sinister plot of certain Board Members who are also closely affiliated to the partnership Government to entrench their PARTY HACKS” into key Senior Positions within the Company to further advance their "EAT AH FOOD AGENDA", and transform TSTT into one of their Election Campaign Bases for the upcoming 2015 General Elections.
The CWU would not sit idly by and allow this travesty to occur and would take all necessary steps to prevent this from happening, since we commit to struggle to ensure that TSTT remains a viable, independent State Owned Entity, working for and in the best interest of all citizens of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.