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Permament jobs for over 500 in THA

Published: 
Friday, June 22, 2018
DIQE Administrator Ritchie Toppin, in foreground, signs the Permament List as Councillor Kwesi Des Vignes, THA Secretary for Infrastructure, Quarries and the Environment, looks on.

More than 500 employees in the Tobago House of Assembly’s Division of Infrastructure, Quarries and the Environment (DIQE) have been made permanent following the signing of the Permanent List (2010-2017) by officials of the Division and the National Union of Government and Federated Workers (NUGFW). The last Permanent List was signed in 2009.

By ratification of the Permanent List, 560 workers were also promoted and 320 workers of the Development Programme, who previously held no status, are being transferred into the main stream, with 267 of them attaining ‘regular’ status.

The Permanent List allows government establishments to treat with resource deficiencies through the promotion of permanent employees and adoption of regular workers into the permanent cadre. DIQE administrator Ritchie Toppin said it is an important instrument to address productivity as an employee morale, providing an official and transparent means by which a majority of employees can be treated fairly.

“It would allow for the division to promote a lot of persons and fill many resource gaps within the system, which overall can redound to a productive workforce,” he said.

Signing on behalf of the DIQE were Toppin, senior technical co-ordinator Abdallah Chadband and Personnel and Industrial Relations Officer Endy Radgman. NUGFW President General James Lambert, Second Deputy General Lydia Peters and senior negotiator Kenneth Thomas signed on behalf of the union.

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