Justice Frank Seepersad

PSC ‘MISOGYNISTIC’: Justice Frank Seepersad

PREGNANCY being viewed as an inconvenience has no place in a democratic society.

So said Justice Frank Seepersad as he yesterday directed that the Public Service Commission (PSC) reconsider its position that a prison officer who went on maternity leave had resigned her job.

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Presiding at the San Fernando High Court, Justice Seepersad said, “in a system which is heavily staffed by men”, it appeared the position adopted by the prison service was “misogynistic and archaic”.

“The court has been left with the impression that the defendant may have viewed the claimant’s pregnancy as an inconvenience. Any such notion, however, has no place in a democratic and progressive society where equality of treatment under the law and gender equality should be viewed as being of paramount import … The course of action adopted by the defendant has been characterised by a disturbing degree of arbitrariness and has instilled a measure of disquiet in the court’s mind,” Seepersad said.


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THERE are billion-dollar questions surrounding the sale by the Government to the Oilfields Workers’ Trade Union (OWTU) of the Pointe-a-Pierre refinery. The announcement on Friday that the OWTU submitted the winning bid for the former Petrotrin refinery has led to a request for details on the US$700 million (TT$4.76 billion) sale to be shared with the public.

BUSINESS owners in communities surrounding the former State-owned oil company celebrated the sale of the former Petrotrin refinery yesterday. And store owners said they are looking forward to a bumper Christmas season.

A WALK through the capital city of Port of Spain on a rainy day is not a pleasant experience. You have to leap over puddles of water, dodge mounds of garbage washed up from drains and do your best to avoid rats scurrying about in search of a dry place.

NEW High Commissioner of India to Trinidad and Tobago Arun Kumar Sahu is hoping to do more than just strengthen his country’s bilateral relationship with Trinidad and Tobago in political, economic, cultural, scientific and other fields.