NO OB­JEC­TION

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

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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”. randy­ben­nett@na­tion­news.com

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