Another call for the removal of Central Bank Governor Jwala Rambaran and this time it’s coming from a trade union.
Joint Trade Union Movement (JTUM) President Ancel Roget, made the statement following a meeting between the union and Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley on Tuesday. At the weekend Movement for Social Justice (MSJ) leader David Abdullah made the call for Rambaran’s removal for what he described as the Governor’s “selling of the country’s patrimony.” When asked on Tuesday if Roget supported the MSJ’s call, he said there was no question about it.
“If a proper man power audit, has identified a person who is incompetent, inexperienced or who lacks the qualification to be in particular positions, we call for the immediate removal of those persons, we will support that,” Roget said.
He believes that all who are accused of corruption must be brought before the courts, stating that the former Government put at very senior levels, “incompetent, unqualified, inexperienced persons, who today are in those positions, making decisions on behalf of Trinidad and Tobago, which are inimical to the interests of Trinidad and Tobago.”
The JTUM President said the union had been victimised in the past for calling out the former Government on their alleged corrupt practices and said steps should be taken quickly to “remove those persons from those plum positions as lawfully and humanely possible.”
Meanwhile, government reaffirmed its commitment to JTUM to uphold the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), signed between the then opposition People’s National Movement (PNM) and JTUM on August 27th, 2015. Labour Minister Jennifer Baptiste-Primus, said that Dr Rowley reassured labour that the Government will “keep the faith” regarding JTUM’s involvement in the decision making processes of the country.
The MOU detailed just how much involvement the movement will have in the governance of the country. The meeting on Tuesday was facilitated at the request of JTUM, who were concerned that some of the current Ministers of Government were not aligned with the spirit and the intent of the agreement document that was signed. JTUM leader Ancel Roget, stated that certain ministers were yet to meet with the respective trade unions for their ministries.
After discussions with the Prime Minister, Roget said that he was reassured of the Government’s commitment. “What we got was a commitment on behalf of the government, from the Prime Minister, committing all of his ministers to the spirit and intent of that document,” Roget said.
He added that the position of the labour movement was to make a significant contribution to the development of the country. He said that without labour the country will not be able to move forward.
“All we ask for is space to make that contribution, and I thought that we got a reaffirming of that commitment coming from the Prime Minister this afternoon” Roget told the media.
Labour Minister Baptiste-Primus said there is a slot for labour representatives in the corporate boards of Trinidad and Tobago. “The boards that have been appointed where you do not see a labour representative, the entire boards have not been completed,” said Baptiste-Primus, “that is one of the commitments that the Honourable Prime Minister has re-committed to.”
The Minister also stated that there will be open and frank discussions among the tripartite body that consists of labour, employers and the government. She will be meeting again with JTUM on Monday to continue discussions on moving forward, which JTUM leader Ancel Roget says he looks forward to.