THE executive of the Public Services Association (PSA) has been ordered by the High Court to commission an audit of the union’s finances by the end of this month.

The court also ordered on Friday that the annual conference of the union be held as required by the PSA’s constitution and that the proper procedure for spending be adhered to.

This means that all expenditure must be approved by the general council.

According to the constitution, the union’s conference of delegates must approve the budget before it goes to the general council.

Justice Devindra Rampersad made the orders at the Port of Spain High Court in favour of a group of PSA members who have referred to themselves as “concerned public officers”.

The written ruling is expected to be delivered sometime this week.

The group filed the claim complaining that the proper procedures for spending and conducting the union’s affairs were not being followed by the executive, led by the union’s president Watson Duke.

Justice Rampersad also ordered that all section elections were to be held by the end of this month and, after the audit is completed, a proper membership list is to be generated which will determine the actual number of financial members of the PSA.

The group had complained that the section elections were not being held and that there was no financial accountability at the union.

In addition to that, they complained that there were a number of irregularities when it came to the membership list and the holding of elections that went against the constitution.

Duke and the executive were also being accused of removing various sections for the register of attendance at the general council level, and the blocking of elections from taking place for the various sections of the union.

The group argued that for the past eight years there had been no budget of the PSA presented, but yet spending continued with the approval for trips, reimbursement of interest paid on the purchase of personal vehicles by executive members, the buy-out of unused vacation leave for executive members, as well as the purchase of airtime on radio, donations to other unions, and construction work on the PSA building.