FIRED Sangre Grande regional corporation contract workers are adamant they will not be backing down from their threats of legal action and are only willing to give the council a day to respond to their legal letter.
The council of the corporation, led by chairman Anil Juteram, was meeting in emergency session on Wednesday to discuss the pre-action protocol letter sent by the ten on Monday.
On Tuesday, attorney David-Mark Kidney, who represents the fired contract workers, said he said he will not grant an extension for 28 days “while my clients’ families remain hungry and their future hangs in the extremely delicate balance of political argument and fervour.”
His position was articulated in correspondence with attorney Joseph Toney, who represents the UNC councillors and aldermen.
Kidney also told Toney he did not identify Toney's clients – Kerwyn Phillip, Calvin Seecharan, Nassar Hosein, Anil Maharaj, Susan Holder and Keon Saroopsingh – in their personal capacity, but the judicial-review claim will be brought against the chairman, aldermen, councillors and elections of the region of Sangre Grande as is the custom.
He questioned from whom Toney was receiving his instructions, asking if they were from the corporate secretary, who would be the person representing the interests of the corporation.
In his letter, Toney had asked for 28 days to provide a response to the pre-action, saying his clients were providing instructions on the undertakings asked for by the ten workers, and to respond to the pre-action letter.
The workers have demanded the council revoke a decision to terminate them and not to approve funding for their employment. The council was given until noon on Wednesday to give the undertakings.
Kidney said his clients' employment was “summarily terminated without due cause” when on March 31, less than two weeks after it approved financing for their employment, the council passed a motion to rescind the resolution to hire the ten.