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OWTU Condemns dismissal Fazeer

posted 15 Nov 2010, 05:24 by Gerry Kangalee

MEDIA RELEASE

 10 November, 2010

 The OWTU Condemns the dismissal of Fazeer Mohammed


The Oilfields Workers’ Trade Union condemns in the strongest possible terms the dismissal of Mr. Fazeer Mohammed from his post at state owned media house, CNMG. We wish to make it abundantly clear that no worker should be dismissed without due process. We view the dismissal of Mr. Mohammed as a violation of his right as a worker and that it was politically motivated. We reject outright any suggestion by the CEO Mr. Ken Ali that this is part of a cost-cutting measure. The high handed manner in which this matter was treated clearly suggests otherwise. 

We also strongly condemn the approach taken by the Minister of Foreign the Hon. Dr. Suruj Rambachan during the interview on the First Stop morning programme with Mr. Mohamed on Thursday 4th November, 2010. A person holding such a position as Minister of Foreign Affairs who represents Trinidad and Tobago to the rest of world cannot be seen to be undiplomatic, highly insensitive, insolent and boorish or perceived to be attacking people for their religious beliefs. This certainly will bring the Office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs into disrepute. 

Further, it is absolutely unacceptable to dismiss any worker on the basis of sex, religious belief, race, colour, physical disability or political affiliation. The OWTU boldly reminds the People’s Partnership Government about its commitment to the people of Trinidad and Tobago to bring a new and improved approach to our country’s governance. The unwarranted and unfair dismissal of Mr. Mohammed from the state-owned CNMG does not signal this new approach but instead conveys a strong perception of an unbridled attempt to attack and muzzle any member of the media who holds an independent or opposing view. This the OWTU shall not accept. Let us not forget that an independent media is critical to our democracy. 

Nevertheless, we feel confident that this will not be supported by the People’s Partnership government. We therefore call on the government not only to distance itself from this action but also to immediately unconditionally apologise to Mr. Fazeer Mohammed, ensure full and immediate re-instatement and also provide full compensation for damages done through public humiliation and embarrassment by calling into question his professional integrity.

 Ancel Roget

President General

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