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THE EDITOR: Help! Help! Help can someone please come to the rescue of Daily Paid workers of Division of Tourism and Transportation. Last year from November the Division has been transformed into a chaotic situation with friends, family and "who knows who" and "who you know" being employed in the Division.

For the past five years or so different Human Resource Managers were employed in the Division. We saw approximately three or four HR head personnel being changed. The present one is not only an HR Manager, but she runs the Division, she is also the Administration Manager and very possibly the Secretary for Tourism. This is why we need help because if she was doing a good job in her handling of all those positions we would not have any problems. But I have never seen more chaos and confusion in all my years of working with the Department.

First of all she made some very unnecessary changes that were done unprofessionally and unreasonably. An assessment was given to workers who were interested in the position of Foreman -Other Services, Charge Hands and Checkers. When the HR boss did not get the required amount that is when friends, family and in-laws flooded the Department. Even more despicable, was that as soon a Merit List was established from the assessment, various persons were being employed and promoted. This was done without a Permanent List and a Seniority List which are criteria that should be followed according to the JNC agreement for Promotion Policy. The irony is that this HR boss is always telling workers about following and abiding and knowing the JNC Agreement. The end result is that a number of Senior Workers were not promoted although they were capable to do the jobs.

This therefore is the reason why workers have to protest for their salaries because of the changes that were made to the routines of daily paid workers who were carrying out certain duties. There is the existing scenario where a Foreman, whose portfolio is to check the facilities outside is also now supervising new workers who are in charge of Daily Paid sheets and is also based in the office. When workers try to find out about why their salaries are late no one gives them a reasonable answer.

We only hear gossip about funds not being released, incompetent new workers and the fact that the staff of the Accounts Unit is lackadaisical.

One worker who is supposed to do these sheets is an undisciplined worker. He does whatever and whenever he wants and the Management has never once disciplined him. He listens to no one in Authority and all the Charge Hands he has worked with tend to have problems with him.

He was placed in this office by the HR boss so that he could be kept under close observation. However, that is not working and he still does our pay sheets whenever he feels and it seems that he is also of the belief that he is untouchable because he has relatives who hold high office in the THA.

Therefore I would like to know if the Secretary, Administrator and the Manager know what exactly is taking place in the Division and if so why they are not doing anything to resolve these issues. I am not against employing people but discrimination and disrespect towards workers is unacceptable. Management must also look at the various issues involved from the assessment that was done, the promotion of workers, the hiring of new personnel and late payment of workers' salaries.

If this is not done then I can only conclude that the HR boss has received directive from the Hierarchy of the Assembly to employ people without following proper procedures because next year is Election and they have to do whatever it takes to win. Could someone therefore enlighten us so that we will not continue to stumble in the dark?

Concern and dissatisfied worker

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Outside Observer said on Saturday, Mar 24 at 4:24 PM

is like one rotten apple spoiling the basket eh.. The THA knows that she is a bad apple and yet they send her from Division to Division to do her mischief and do nothing, always causing conflict amongst staff and her peers. You have a problem for the solution find the root of the problem and get rid of it.

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RJ said on Monday, Mar 26 at 12:55 PM

!!!!WHEN THERE IS NEPOTISM IN RECRUITING WORKERS, PRODUTIVITY WILL BE AT ITS LOWEST!!!. It appears that if this is the situation in this department we will not get any improvement in the tourism and transportation sector. The tax-payers money will be thrown down the drain.!!!! We need to have this investigated.!!!! Lets get hold of the recruitment process and policy.!!!!

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Tobago Mother said on Friday, Mar 30 at 7:54 PM

My parents from Scarorough honemooned at Plymouth in the 1940's . Th best tourism experience I have had was at home in Tobago at Blue Waters Inn when there was a German owner/manager. He treated us locals very well. I am not sure if I could get treated properly there now

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Fed up said on Monday, Apr 2 at 3:45 PM

If the Human Resource Manager is the same person that has been moved from Agriculture recently then i could understand. Someone really needs to do something about her.

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Fed up said on Monday, Apr 2 at 3:46 PM

She is no agent of the pnm for sure.....self, self, self, self, church members and family.

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Fed up said on Monday, Apr 2 at 3:48 PM

Maybe it she not easy to get rid of.....like a nasty cold

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