Trinidad and Tobago: The opposition leader of Trinidad and Tobago – Kamla Persad Bissesar, has called on the government to come out with a plan for non-essential workers so that they can return to their works by next week.
UNC leader stated that these significant hardships had gripped many families due to not earning an income, and the citizens of T&T are seriously worried about where they would get food, how they are going to pay their rent, electricity bills, etc. loan payments.
The opposition leader stated that “Over three hundred thousand residents and thousands of Venezuelan migrants cannot legally work, and many of these people live pay cheque to and have already lost five weeks in wages.”
, business owners, and chambers seem to be living in an alternative reality. They have the luxury of staying at home, receiving an income, and having their meals prepared for them. These people clearly do not have a bit of care for the poor people,” Bissesar added.
The opposition leader further stated that the Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago must have used the prior five weeks to work with the stakeholders for formulating an actual plan, but instead, the Prime Minister has used the lockdown guidelines to promote ambiguous agenda to give an impression to the population that the Prime Minister is doing something to defeat the pandemic.
Kamla added that the PM is only borrowing time and waiting for the crisis to go away and stated that seeing the COVID-19 statistics, the lockdown appears to be a show of force.
“Citizens are threatened with arrests for stepping outside of their doors to earn an income to feed their children, while we see boats from Venezuela freely entering and leaving our shores during curfew hours, in broad daylight,” Kamla cited.
Following the statement, the opposition leader asserted, “UNC is ready to help the government express a plan if it so wishes. Businesses, trade unions, and all other interested stakeholders should also be invited.
Whatever the case, our so-called non-essential workers have disproportionately carried the burden during this lockdown, and they must be allowed to earn an income to feed their families.”