The Banking, Insurance and General Workers' Union (BIGWU) says State agencies in T&T continue to be insensitive to the population. The union, in a statement yesterday, drew reference to the Housing Development Corporation's (HDC) clearing close to 100 acres of farm land at Crescent Gardens, Mausica Road, D'Abadie, on Monday to make way for a new housing project. BIGWU said it was "flabbergasted" that the same politicians who condemned the former People's National Movement (PNM) government for similar activity allowed Monday's clearing of land in Mausica to take place.
The statement said: "State agencies in T&T are insensitive to workers, trade unions, farmers and people in general." The union said HDC and Minister of Housing and the Environment Roodal Moonilal showed ultimate disrespect to the farmers who worked to provide food security for T&T. BIGWU said it held Moonilal totally accountable for the destruction of hundreds of acres of food to construct housing.
It said the insensitivity of state agencies was also visible in the Ministry of Health's position to deny the Medical Professionals Association of T&T (MPATT) access to the report on the inquiry into the death of Crystal Boodoo-Ramsoomair, who died after a C-section delivery at San Fernando General Hospital.
"Minister of Health Therese Baptiste-Cornelis continues to treat MPATT, which is the legally recognised trade union for doctors, with scant courtesy, disrespect and insensitivity," the union also stated.