The Public Service Association (PSA) has started its second week of protests over proposed restructuring within the Judiciary.
PSA President Watson Duke on Monday joined almost two dozen Judiciary workers who stayed away from work and chose to protest on the steps of the Hall of Justice in Port-of-Spain.
Armed with a portable loudspeaker and dressed in black robes, reminiscent of those worn by members of the clergy, Duke led the group in a series of prayer sessions which took place every hour until 2 pm.
The group took periodic breaks for lunch and to shield from the midday sun but did not leave the location of their make-shift protest camp.
In an interview, Duke said that the union was pleased with the response to the protest which began two weeks ago with a national strike of Judiciary workers, which virtually crippled the operations of courts across the country.
The effects of the daily protests have slowly waned since then as the colleagues of the protesting workers make up for their absences.
Duke said: “Their only quest is to have the Judiciary de-politicised and have their work de-politicised. They are asking for security of tenure, something they now have and is now threatened.”
Duke also praised outspoken High Court Judge Carol Gobin, who wrote to the Judiciary’s court executive administrator Master Christie Anne Morris-Alleyne, last week, to seek clarification on the issue.
“It is enough for us that someone from the judicial bench would write and seek a meeting to better understand the plight of these workers,” Duke said.
Reporter: Derek Achong