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PSA v-p Rosanna Robinson and 5 others granted injunction

By AZARD ALI Thursday, January 31 2013

A HIGH Court judge yesterday granted an injunction to First Vice-President of the Public Services Association (PSA) Rosanna Robinson and five other members, against being suspended by the association’s General Council.

Justice Frank Seepersad, presiding in the San Fernando High Court, also prevented the PSA from debarring the members from attending today’s general council meeting of the association.

The PSA’s executive, headed by its president Watson Duke, is to desist from withholding the salaries of Robinson, and the five other executive members.

The injunction was sought before Seepersad shortly after midday yesterday, following the January 17 suspension of Robinson and the five executive members after they took a decision for the PSA’s executive to write letters to various banks.

According to the lawsuit, Duke was absent at a January 5, 2012 executive meeting, so Robinson chaired the meeting.

It was attended also by deputy secretary general, Rendy Bedasie, Industrial Relation Officers Paula Prescott and Yvonne de Peiza; Trustees Demetrius Harrison and Raymond Butler.

Several decisions were taken at that meeting chaired by Robinson. But on January 17, when Duke presided over a subsequent executive meeting, the lawsuit stated, he expressed concerns over the decision taken at the Robinson-chaired January 5 meeting.

At that meeting Robinson chaired, she mandated the executive to write letters to certain financial institutions.

The lawsuit, filed by attorney Samuel Saunders, contended that Duke expressed the view that the decision taken at that meeting, amounted to misconduct.

Duke, according to the lawsuit, then voted to suspend Robinson, Bedasie, Prescott, De Peiza, Harrison and Butler. A motion was moved and seconded.

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