Caribbean News in Brief for April 14, 2011


Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago: The Public Service Association’s (PSA) decision to accept a five per cent wage settlement with the Trinidad and Tobago government – which is estimated to cost $600 million – is being termed as a “sell out” by government workers.

The accusation was made by angry public servants and union leaders against PSA president Watson Duke.

The Trinidad Guardian newspaper reported that the workers are calling for Duke to tender his resignation immediately. Meanwhile, union leaders, political analysts and economists, who have estimated the proposal to cost in excess of $600 million, have expressed shock at the turn of events.

“Duke has to go,” said former PSA staff representative Merlin Barrow. “He had people in a charade up and down the country. It is a sellout. We hope public servants wake up now.”


Kingston, Jamaica: Telecommunications company, LIME, has provided a sponsorship package valued at more than $1 million for National Child Month, which will be observed in May.

The sponsorship will help to fund the cost of the full schedule of activities for the month, which includes National Action Day on May 6, when young people will perform community service; a Children’s Symposium scheduled for May 11; a children’s Fun Day and Mini Expo to be held on May 28 and an essay competition in which the winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on May 27.

This year, the National Child Month Committee will focus on the role and responsibility of adults in helping to prepare children for the future under the theme “Our World…Their Future…Our Responsibility”.

This is the third consecutive year that LIME has provided a $1 million donation to finance the work of the National Child Month Committee.

The company serves as co-sponsor with GraceKennedy Limited, whose CEO, Douglas Orane, is the patron of National Child Month.


Kingston, Jamaica: Jamaica has implemented administrative arrangements with the Honorary Consul of Jamaica in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, that will simplify the issuing of multiple-entry visas.

Last month, the Jamaican Cabinet announced the Honorary Consul is now authorized to issue multiple-entry visas valid for six months to bona fide business persons from Haiti. The previous process required approval from the Ministry of National Security.

The announcement was made by Minister with Responsibility for Information, Telecommunications and Special Projects, Daryl Vaz.

The steps are a result of a July 2010 decision of CARICOM Heads of Government to fully integrate Haiti into the regional grouping. It is also aimed at encouraging increased business between the private sectors of Haiti and Jamaica.



Georgetown, Guyana: Thousands of commuters were stranded on several bus routes in Georgetown and its environs on Monday as mini buses refused to operate in protest over numerous grievances.

Hundreds of government employees as well as workers in private enterprises reported for duty late.

The strike was organized by the United Minibus Union to protest police harassment, increase in fuel prices and other grievances.

As of press time, the protests have not ceased.

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