Union official calls on Cabinet to fire Transport Board chairman

Hughes said the chairman should be sacked for “putting the Transport Board in undue expenses.”

“The government must now review the management and the board at Transport Board because it is going to put the Transport Board in a lot of expense,” Hughes said in an interview on yesterday’s edition of Observer PM.

“When I examine the cases that are currently going, or may end up in the court if they are not settled, the Transport Board could end up spending over $1 million in compensation packages to all these managers and employees,” he added.

He was making reference to several cases which has been brought before the Labour Department by former managers and former employees who dismissed from the statutory corporation last year.

To date, the Transport Board has lost three of those cases.

“The cases with Anderson Carty and James Sebastian, they lost those two cases, the 20 employees they lost (that) case. They have recently, I understand, lost the cases against Hudson Joseph and Patricia Julian every single case since last September,” Hughes said.

Earlier this week, Acting Labour Commissioner Eltonia Rojas recently found that the Board has unfairly sacked over 20 line staff and ordered their be reinstated pending the outcome of a prop

Transport Board Chairman Dean Jonas responded a day later and said the Board of Directors will discuss the recommendation in their next meeting in April.

The Board had said it sent the workers home because the statutory body was overstaffed and there was need for restructuring.

Based on the Board’s statement, it had twice as many staff it needed and it anticipated that another 60 workers would be sent home.

In addition to calling for the firing of the chairman, Hughes also recommended an immediate review of the other members of management.

Meantime, a representative of the Transport Board workers, Anderson Carty, who was also given the boot, has advised the ABWU to pursue the case in the Industrial Court if the Board fails to reinstate the former employees.

“I hope, should the board continue to defy reasonable expectation, that the union should seek to lay this matter at the feet of Cabinet to explain how is it the government who owns the statutory corporation would allow the Transport Board to continue to flout the decision of the chief labour officer of the very government.”

Carty said the situation is a matter of public concern which would need the intervention of Prime Minister Gaston Browne.


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