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Public Works employees demonstrate for unpaid wages

first_img Tweet Share LocalNews Public Works employees demonstrate for unpaid wages by: – November 18, 2011 Mr Thomas Letang (in the middle) demonstrating with members of his union. See photo gallery below)The employees of Public Works Corporation have staged another demonstration for delayed salary payments and salary deduction among other reasons.This morning, staff members along with union representatives were seen outside the Public Works Corporation’s office on Goodwill Road with placards demonstrating their concerns.General Secretary of the Public Service Union, Thomas Letang told reporters that they believe they have done everything humanly possible yet salary payment and deductions are delayed causing embarrassing and stressful situations for his union members.“We continue to experience the situation where people are working and not being paid fortnights upon fortnights they are not being paid and month end comes and month end goes and people do not get their salaries. We have done everything that we could do to really sick an amicable solution to these problems but it appears to us that some people are just not concerned as to what is happening at the Public Works Corporation; how employees are being seriously affected, you can look at some of the placards and they tell a story that they are not being paid and they cannot provide for themselves, they cannot provide for their families, a lot of uncertainty surrounds their jobs, we see projects going on and the corporation they are not getting work,” he said.A major concern for the employees of the corporation is that they believe they are being sidelined while other contractors are awarded contracts for ongoing road works and this places them at a disadvantage.According to Letang by staging this protest the employees are sending a clear message to the authority that enough is enough.“What you are seeing here this morning is just to send a clear message that we are fed up, that we want to work, that the employees have their commitments to the bank and at the end of the day some of them cannot meet those commitments, they have additional interest to pay, some of them are being threatened by legal action by some of the institutions and some of them they walk into the banks and institutions and cannot get a loan because nobody knows when their deductions are going to be made. Some of them they have insurance policies and you have to understand what that means; if you’re not paying your premium it means that your insurance can be cancelled, you get sick and believe that you are covered and you are not covered so therefore the problems are many and we believe that this morning we are just beginning, I repeat, we are beginning to send a message.”Here are a few photographs of this morning’s protest: [nggallery id=89]Letang also reported that he is “very happy that the members have decided to stand up, that they are fully behind the union and they are ready and the union is behind them 110%”.Meantime a female employee of the corporation says that protest should not be seen as a political one but as a protest over money issues and that they sacrificed their salaries for the implementation of an Asphalt Plant which has not brought any revenue to the corporation.“I love the prime minister, I put him there but I need my money. It is not a political issue it is a money issue for the public works workers and we are not getting work to do so we need work we need money. The monthly workers have not yet been paid for October and the fortnight workers haven’t drawn a fortnight. We sacrifice our salary to make asphalt for the Chinese to do the road and the Chinese refuse our asphalt that is our problem. I wouldn’t say that we are being betrayed by the government but we need our money; we have children to send to school, we have our bills to pay like everybody so we need our money,” she said.She further explained that there have been instances where the government has assisted vendors during the off-season while employees who have worked are unpaid.“When the tourist boats don’t come for two months the prime minister is paying the people, we work we’re not getting paid – we need our money. When the hurricane passed and it destroyed the vendors thing in the market, the prime minister giving them money we work – we want our money.”Another employee explained that the corporation is not receiving enough projects to make it a viable entity and that the government has left them in the cold.“We’re not getting paid on time and not getting viable projects so that Public Works can be a viable entity. Public Works is struggling right now because a lot of projects going on all around the country but where is Public Works? Public Works is a government institution. They have left us in the cold to fend for ourselves and yet we are government, that is not right and we are saying that we need to be treated better than that and we need viable projects so that we can be a viable entity,” he said.The union representative did not indicate what their strategy is moving forward, but he did indicate that they have exhausted all means to get the matter resolved and are at a point where they believe that they have had enough unfair treatment.Dominica Vibes News Sharing is caring!center_img 12 Views   no discussions Share Sharelast_img read more

Locks lock up medals at B.C. Cross Country Championships

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsDespite fatigued from a heavy week of training, the Locke boys managed to capture bragging rights in the Junior Boy’s Division at the B.C. Cross Country Championships Saturday in Kamloops.The race was held at the Overlander Ski Club at Stake Lakes. Julien and Peter Locke of Nelson finished with gold and silver, respectively, in the 10-kilometer Junior Boy’s Individual Start Skate race.“We (Peter and I) are currently training for Nationals and we raced after a heavy week of intense training with no rest,” Julien Locke explained. “As expected, I felt a bit flat but I was still able to race quite well.”“I had a good race in Kamloops but I am quite tired now from training for Nationals and I was not able to keep up with Julien’s pace during the 10-kilometre race,” said Peter Locke.Both Peter and Julien Locke ski out of the Black Jack Ski Club in Rossland.The Locke boy’s sister, Robyn took fifth overall in the Juvenile Girl’s Individual Start Skate five-km race.  Sunday in the 3 X 3.5 km Junior Men Classic Relay, the Nelson team of Peter and Julien Locke combined with Shawn DeGroot of the Nelson Nordic Ski club to claim the top prize.Robyn Locke finished eighth overall in the Junior Women’s event.All racers are preparing for the Canadian Cross Country Championships March 12-19 in Canmore, Alta. sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more

CONQUEST FARENHEIT, ZAKAROFF, CISTRON & TACO ALL FIGURE PROMINENTLY IN SUNDAY’S $75,000 PASADENA STAKES AT MILE ON TURF; WIDE OPEN FIELD OF 10 SOPHOMORES ENGAGED

first_imgTHE $75,000 PASADENA STAKES WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 8 of 9                                                                                                          Approximate post time 4 p.m. PST CONQUEST FARENHEIT: Originally based with trainer Mark Casse at Woodbine, this Kentucky-bred colt by Scatt Daddy pressed the pace in the 6 ½ furlong turf Baffle here on Feb. 20, prevailing by 1 ¾ lengths as the 7-5 favorite in his second start for Miller.  A sharp second at 4-5 in the one mile turf Summer Stakes (Grade II) three starts back at Woodbine on Sept. 18, he’s been favored in all four of his lifetime starts and looks like the probable Pasadena favorite as he stretches back out to two turns.    Additionally, he achieved a Pasadena-best 92 Beyer Speed figure in winning the Baffle.  Owned by Rockingham Ranch or Littlefield, he’s 4-2-1-1 with earnings of $110,045. ZAKAROFF: A respectable fifth two starts back in the 1 1/16 miles California Derby on Jan. 21, this Kentucky-bred gelding by California-based Slew’s Tiznow stretched out to 1 1/8 miles on Golden Gate’s synthetic Tapeta to win the Grade III El Camino Real Derby by a half length on Feb. 18 at odds of 48-1.  With many options before them, Zakaroff’s connections appear to have chosen a prudent path in trying grass for the first time in the Pasadena.  A graded stakes winner on synthetic, Zakaroff can be expected to handle the turf well as he cuts back in distance a furlong.  Ridden to victory in the El Camino Real Derby by Kyle Frey, he’ll get the first-time services of Joe Talamo on Sunday.  Owned by longtime Specht client Antone Metaxas, Zakaroff is the leading money earner in the field with $148,120 accumulated from an overall mark of 6-2-1-1. ARCADIA, Calif. (March 16, 2017)–With eight out of the 10 runners engaged coming off recent wins, Conquest Farenheit, Zakaroff, Cistron and undefeated Taco all figure prominently in Sunday’s $75,000 Pasadena Stakes, for 3-year-olds at one mile on the Santa Anita turf.With trainer Peter Miller’s Conquest Farenheit and Steve Specht’s Zakaroff both coming off last-out stakes wins, John Sadler’s Cistron, comes off a gutty allowance win over the course.  Throw in Efren Loza, Jr.’s Taco, unbeaten in four starts, his most recent triumph a minor turf stakes at Sam Houston Park, the Pasadena looms a completely wide-open affair and quite possibly the best betting race on the nine-race program. TACO: Unbeaten in four starts, two at Gulfstream, one at Fairgrounds in New Orleans and most recently a 1 1/16 miles turf stakes Sam Houston Park on Feb. 25, this Kentucky-bred colt by Gio Ponti looms the biggest question mark in the field in what will be his Southern California debut.  Based at Gulfstream Park West (formerly Calder), Taco would appear to have the right style in what appears to be a speed-laden lineup as he’s rallied from off the pace in all four of his wins.  Owned by Kathleen Amaya, Raffaele Centofanti and Daniel Alonso, Taco has earnings of $82,800. CISTRON: A gate to wire winner one mile turf allowance winner here on Feb. 5, he made the lead two starts back when third, beaten three quarter of a length in the one mile turf Eddie Logan Stakes two starts back on Dec. 30.  Triple Crown nominated, this Kentucky-bred colt by The Factor broke his maiden at a mile turf three starts back on Dec. 4 and appears on edge for Sunday’s Pasadena.  Owned by Hronis Racing, LLC or Little Red Feather Racing, Cistron could be hard pressed to make the early lead if Conquest Farenheit opts for a similar trip.  With an overall record of 5-2-0-2, he has earnings of $80,889. Big Sky Logan–Corey Nakatani–120Taxman’s Quest–Flavien Prat–120Ritzy A. P.–Victor Espinoza–120Ky. Colonel–Mike Smith–120Taco–Jesus Rios–124Cistron–Tyler Baze–122Monster Man–Rafael Bejarano–120Conquest Farenheit–Norberto Arroyo, Jr.–120Zakaroff–Joe Talamo–124Bird Is the Word–Kent Desormeaux–120First post time for a nine-race card on Sunday is at 12:30 p.m.  Admission gates will open at 10:30 a.m.  For scratches, changes and complete morning line information, please visit santaanita.com.last_img read more