As the longest-ever government shutdown in United States history continues, there are warnings that T&T and other countries in the Caribbean could be affected.
Economist Dr Ronald Ramkissoon said the shutdown can create greater economic uncertainty in the region and he is urging this country’s foreign affairs officials to pay closer attention to issues which might directly affect trade and immigration.
President of the Inter-Island Truckers Association Horace Amede says his motion calling for a two day shutdown of Tobago is meant to send a message to the powers that be that “this thing cannot continue.”
Referring to months of disruption on the seabridge, he said: “People are hurting and businesses are closing down.”
The shutdown, details of which are yet to be finalised, is getting support from the Minority Council of the Tobago House of Assembly (THA) and the Public Services Association, both led by Watson Duke.
Petrotrin workers have taken a decision to down tool this evening, effectively shutting down the State-owned oil company.
A statement from the Oilfield Workers Trade Union which represents the workers, says Petrotrin workers "have angrily expressed their disgust with Petrotrin's non-response to the security crisis at the various plants".
The statement says that long before the death of Curtis Pierre in one of Petrotrin's oil tanks, the OWTU had been meeting with Petrotrin management calling for a return of adequate security to the various plants.
A series of voice notes are now circulating warning of a complete shutdown of all WASA plants at 9.30 tonight but PSA President Watson Duke says that is not a decision taken by the union.
The voice notes began circulating just after 10 am today on social media platform WhatsApp, saying talks have broken down.
Two of the voice notes, in particular, referred to health and safety issues impacting Process Plant Operators.