Nakhid tells CAL pilots “stand up for your rights”

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Nakhid tells CAL pilots “stand up for your rights”

Stating that the current PNM administration is one that bullies, United National Congress (UNC) Senator David Nakhid is urging Caribbean Airlines pilots to fight back.

During an opposition press conference on Sunday, Nakhid said it was time for a bold step and he urged the pilots to stand up for their rights against the airline and the Government.

Nakhid said the UNC continues to stand up for the rights of the people of T&T but it was time certain sectors of society stand with them.

“This is a Government that bullies people all across the board and I want the CAL pilots to take note of that because while there are certain sectors of Trinidad and Tobago who see themselves above the fray, that they don’t have to vote…But these CAL pilots and other sectors, who our Government continue to oppress; our teachers, our nurses, our fire officers our policemen, they need to come out and say to Rowley enough is enough,” Nakhid said.

“The UNC, we keep standing in a gap and you have to stand with us. All of you did, but we need the CAL pilots to come out. Don’t feel yourselves about the fray, voting is not for you! Because we have certain sectors in our society, they feel that voting is not for me.”

Nakhid claimed that during the UNC’s tenure from 2010 to 2015, over 150 wage negations were amicably settled. Addressing the current CAL wage negotiations, he added, “We would not have the indignity of seeing this here, the indignity of seeing you all laid off, not treated like the working class you aspired to become. You are not being placed slowly into the poor working class.”

He added that he was concerned about several top appointments to the airline. He said the vice chairman of CAL’s board is Michael Quamina, who is also Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley’s attorney.