Duke: “More Covid cases in the workplace than it is being reported!”
“There are more Covid cases in the workplace than it is being reported, way more!” said President of the Public Services Association (PSA) Watson Duke earlier this evening. He said the offices were “operating as if its nobody business as if its no danger.”
Duke in his Facebook live stated that based on information coming to the PSA through its membership, the PSA was informed of:
– Four Positive Covid-19 cases in the Ministry of Education. (One being the Brazilian variant.)
– Three positive Covid-19 cases in Service Commissions Port-of- Spain.
– Two positive Covid-19 cases in the Ministry of Works and Transport.
– Seven positive Covid-19 cases in the Treasury.
Duke informed his PSA membership that according to Section 15 of the Occupational Safety and Health Act, they had a right to refuse to work if they felt their employer was being dishonest and putting them at risk of contracting the Covid-19 virus. He also advised that employees had a right to report their employer/employers to the Ministry of Labour, Occupational Health and Safety Department.
Duke advised that non-essentials should not be out to work, neither should they be on rotation. He affirmed that only essential workers should be assigned to duty and only on rotation. “An essential worker is a worker that if not on the job, nothing can happen, therefore, that worker must be on the job,” he said.
Duke ended his live inviting his membership to send their complaints to the ‘PSA’s Trinbago’ Facebook page. “If you are working in any place and you have to go to work every single day, contact us, the PSA, we are going to deal with them!” he said.