PAN Trinbago CEO Keith Diaz told the organisation’s secretary yesterday that he was fired as office manager. In a letter to Richard Forteau, Diaz wrote: “With immediate effect you are to cease carrying out the functions of manager, administration (office manager).
“You have consistently acted contrary to directives of the CEO, and as such caused staff morale to wane, more than that you have been encouraging dissent at the workplace. “I refer to earlier letter sent to you from my desk on matter of misuse of the constitution.”
This follows an internal memo to staff Forteau sent telling staff of the termination of Melville Bryan as consultant/assistant office manager, and that they must report on administrative matters to Forteau.
The memo sent to staff was also signed by treasurer Andrew Salvador, external relations officer Darren Sheppard, public relations officer Michael Joseph, and trustees Allan Augustus and Trevor Reid.
Contacted yesterday Diaz again quoted Article 9 - A. 1, of the organisation’s constitution, which says the president shall be the CEO, preside over all meetings of the central executive committee and of the general body, and also be the association’s recognised agent for executing all official documents and dealing with correspondence.
Diaz said: “I don’t know what constitution they are dealing with, but for months the secretary has not come to my office for anything. All he is doing is only sending letters. But the secretary is directly answerable to the president.” Forteau was also contacted yesterday but had no comment to make, except that he is not going to take it on and remains secretary of Pan Trinbago.
Meanwhile, the 1-2-3 Plus event that was due to take place at the BPTT Renegades panyard tomorrow (Friday) has been cancelled. Gerard Mendez, chairman of the Northern Region of Pan Trinbago and producer of the event lamented that the organisers had no choice, owing to unforseen circumstances.