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MTS workers protest

By RACHAEL ESPINET Friday, July 4 2014

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MTS PROTEST: MTS workers who staged a protest yesterday at MTS Plaza over outstanding backpay and travelling allowances....
MTS PROTEST: MTS workers who staged a protest yesterday at MTS Plaza over outstanding backpay and travelling allowances....

SCORES of workers from the National Maintenance Training and Security Company (MTS) working in the San Juan/Laventille Regional Corporation protested yesterday outside MTS Plaza in Aranjuez over arrears in travelling allowances and for outstanding backpay.

“Laventille is a serious hotspot and workers have to travel to these areas on a daily basis. We are talking about serious risk. Our travelling allowance is the one way to upkeep our vehicles. We do not have an upkeep allowance, all we have is a travelling allowance which is inadequate to maintain our vehicles,” said John Legair, the supervisor for the health department in MTS.

MTS workers from San Juan/Laventille said they have not received their travelling allowance for the period of 2008 to 2010.

“They must understand the risk that the San Juan Laventille workers endure on a daily basis and see it fit to put all machinery in place. As a hard-working body we should be considered and given what is due to us. That is all why we are out there for,” Legair said.

Heston Lambert, president of the local government section of the National Union of Government and Federated Workers (NUGFW) said the demonstration was to show the workers’ dissatisfaction with the late payment of the travelling allowance and the backpay due to them.

“We are here this morning with the dissatisfaction of the administration and even to the level of the CPO (Chief Personnel Officer) for the non payment of the arrears of the San Juan/Laventille workers in regards to their travelling allowance from since 2008 to 2010. We are in 2014,”

Lambert is responsible for the workers of the San Juan/Laventille Regional Corporation, and he stated that the MTS workers from different corporations have picketed outside their respective areas for the same issue.

He said corporations like the Diego Martin Regional Corporations and the Couva/Tabaquite Corporation have not received their arrears yet. The MTS workers also had a similar demonstration at the Tunapuna/Piarco Regional Corporation about the arrears.

“We can’t settle something of that nature since 2008 and 2014 and to date the workers still not gotten their backpay up to now and we already signed for 2011 to 2013 and we are going into 2014 to 2016 and we are very dissatisfied in regards to how this thing is going,” Lambert said.

Lambert pledged to continue protest efforts until they receive their arrears.

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