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13 dismissed PSA workers to be reinstated

Published: 
Tuesday, June 12, 2018

The Industrial Court has ordered the immediate reinstatement of 13 Public Service Association (PSA) administrative staff members who were dismissed for engaging in protests earlier this year.

Delivering an oral judgment at the court’s headquarters yesterday morning, a panel of Industrial Court members ruled in favour of the workers who were represented by the Banking, Insurance and General Workers Union (BIGWU).

As part of the ruling, the panel ordered that the PSA pay the workers’ salaries for between February and May, as well as $10,000 in compensation for their unfair dismissals.

The workers, including the union’s branch president, vice president and secretary, were dismissed by PSA president Watson Duke in February after they engaged in protests over issues with their pension plan.

They were also disciplined for wearing BIGWU T-shirts during the protests.

In their complaint before the Industrial Court, the workers claimed that Duke’s actions breached their rights to peaceful protest and to engage in trade union activities.

When the T&T Guardian contacted BIGWU president Vincent Cabrera yesterday evening, he declined to comment or to provide details on the case.

“I am not speaking about this case until after Labour Day (next Tuesday),” Cabrera said. The written judgment is expected to be available today.

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