Police are continuing their hunt for smugglers after seizing several guns and a significant number of bullets, which arrived into the island by sea this week. The cache, which was said to have arrived from Trinidad and Tobago, included 16 firearms and 59
consult with trade unions, “then so be it”.
Mcdowall, the NUPW president, too made it clear that there was no objection from the union.
His lone bone of contention was that the matter had not been discussed with the unions in over ten years.
“I will say again that the union is not against the use of cameras in the ports. In fact, we understand that there are international regulations that must be followed. However, this matter has not been discussed since 2003, and presently there is no proposal before the union for the use of cameras in the port. So that needs to happen first.
“Once that is in place, we can look at establishing a protocol for the use of cameras – a protocol that ensures the safety of not only our customs officers, but of all officers in the ports,” Mcdowall insisted.
“The union will not agree to anything that will put the lives of those customs officers at risk. They have loved ones just like anyone else.”
When asked to comment on a recent suggestion from the public that customs and immigration officers undergo polygraph testing, Mcdowall said, “There is no proposal before the union for those officers to take polygraph tests.”
But Moore said there needed to be discussion before any such initiative could be implemented.
Furthermore, she said customs officers should not be the only persons subjected to polygraph testing.
“Customs officers or border security officers should not be the exception and should not be singled out as a special type of worker. This should also be contemplated on a wider scale,” she said.
As a way to tighten security, the BWU general secretary also suggested that “100 per cent” searches take place at the ports of entry.
Moore said while customs officers were trained to screen and identify suspicious behaviour, once a 100 per cent search was not enforced, “things could happen”. firstname.lastname@example.org