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TTEC WORKERS CALL FOR ANTOINE’S HEAD by Peter Garvey

posted 12 Jul 2016, 20:22 by Gerry Kangalee   [ updated 12 Jul 2016, 20:23 ]
Minister of Public Utilities, Ancil Antoine
On Tuesday the 5th of July, 2016, at approximately 2:30 pm, the T&TEC Eastern Area Sports Club was occupied with the crew members of most of the daylight crews in the Eastern Area. The reason? The severe lack of materials to perform work!

This situation has become commonplace over the past few years. What made that day different, however, is that usually when we complain of material shortage, the Area would find some way to replenish the stock of items that were lacking in number.

The following Thursday, the branch membership being so incensed at the situation, approached their Union representatives on the issue. The membership outlined the issues and what was to be done. The members accompanied their representatives to a meeting with The Assistant Area Manager in charge of Operations and Maintenance and expressed the frustrating nature of the issue at hand and the surrounding spin off effects of the main issue.

This led to a meeting with the membership, their representatives and the Area management that same Thursday morning. The information coming out of that meeting was dodgy at best. So the membership suggested that the public should be informed. This culminated into the situation that took place on Monday 11th July, 2016, where the demonstration of disgust and frustration about the failure of T&TEC to properly supply the materials necessary for the performance of the workforce, turned into big news.

The reason for the posting of the time lines of this struggle is to show that our Union representatives are the metaphoric blade at the end of the handle that we are supposed to be in control of. We have the power!!! We must overstand this and use it to our disciplined advantage.

I have seen and heard the comments made by The Minister of Public Utilities. I have seen the outrage of workers about those disrespectful statements made by Minister Antoine. What I would like to see is that outrage manifest itself into the type of response that is needed by the membership to their representatives that would shame Mr. Antoine into an apology and subsequent removal from his post.

When we do this, we have truly exercised our power and we can truly know that any challenge can be conquered with UNITY among ourselves.

 

STOP GRUMBLING IN THE CORNER!

COME OUT WITH YOUR DISSATISFACTION!!!

LET US SHOW OUR UNITY AND TENACITY IN THE STRUGGLE FOR WHAT IS OURS!!!

LONG LIVE PROGRESSIVE TRADE UNIONISTS!!!

FORWARD EVER, BACKWARD NEVER!

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