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Published on January 31st, 2015 | by The Trinidad Guardian

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Cops threaten to boycott Panorama

There will no police presence for Sunday’s Panorama semifinals and at all other major Carnival events. So said president of the Police Service Social and Welfare Association Insp Anand Ramesar. He added if Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar did not intervene immediately and settle salary negotiations before Sunday then the country’s security would be threatened.

Speaking at a press conference at the Besson Street Police Station, Port-of-Spain, yesterday Ramesar said members of the Police, Prisons and Fire Services were still receiving 2008 salaries. His sentiments were echoed by president of the Prisons Service Association Ceron Richards and Leo Ramkisoon, president of the Fire Services Association. Ramesar claimed there was a “constructive delay” by the chief personnel officer to proceed with salary negotiations.

He added: “What we are seeing is a volatile situation in the Police Service and members have been calling us the entire day and indicating to us they are not going to work for Panorama and that is a situation which we consider to be extremely worrisome and a threat to public safety. “We are clear in our minds that it is not a situation which the Commissioner of Police could treat with nor the Minister of National Security.

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