Several questions are being raised by the Opposition following the reported termination of employment of thirty estate police officers, and replacing the services of these officers with those of a private company.
Member of Parliament for Couva South, Rudy Indarsingh, questioned if the company was not in a position to afford the salaries of these 30 officers, then how can it afford to engage the services of a private security company?
MP Indarsingh also wants to know if TSTT is restructuring because of profitability, then what is the value of the contract to be awarded, and how does this differ from the value of the salaries paid to these 30 officers and the service they provide?
MP Indarsingh also wants to know if the cost of engaging the private security company is lower than the cost of employing the estate police, how can we be assured of that the scope and quality of the security services will be maintained, and that TSTT security needs will be adequately met?
The Opposition MP questions were there an open invitation to security companies to express interest in and submit proposals for the provision of security services?
Additionally Mr Indarsingh inquired how many companies participated in this bid, or whether it was a sole select process.
He said if TSTT is involved in restructuring due to a drop in profits, then can these 30 officers reasonably believe that they will be paid their severance benefits?
MP Indarsingh also asked what other positions stand to be made redundant by this restructuring exercise at TSTT, and how many more workers will be retrenched.