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DUKE SUSPENDS EXEC. MEMBERS AGAIN

posted 29 Apr 2013, 21:17 by Gerry Kangalee
Vice President Rosanna Robinson and Assistant Secretary Rendy Bedassie are among Executive officers of the Public Services Association (PSA) who have once again been suspended on the orders of PSA President Watson Duke. The others are Dimitrius Harrison and Raymond Butler, Yvonne De Peiza and Paula Prescott.

The suspensions, the third in less than two years, were reportedly imposed on Monday 29th April 2013 after the High Court ruled in their favour on Friday 26th April in the matter of their suspension on January 17th 2013.

The 26th April ruling by Justice Frank Seepersad found that the General Council of the PSA had acted “in breach of the rules of natural justice” in suspending the officers on January 17th and that it was not clear as to what were the alleged acts of misconduct by the members leading to their suspension.
 
However on Monday 29th April they were again served with letters alleging misconduct in office. Some were ordered to proceed immediately on accumulated vacation leave. Vice President Robinson was advised to go on vacation from May to October 2013. She stated also that she found the door to her office locked.

Justice Seepersad had granted an injunction on January 30th restraining the PSA general council from determining any allegations of misconduct and/or indiscipline against the suspended members. Duke and the general council were also restrained from preventing them from attending and/or participating in meetings of the executive and the general council.
 
The ousted members have been in touch with their lawyers and the matter appears to be heading back to court for a third time.
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