Trinidadian Petrol Outlet unfairs Young Employee? Activist rants of Discriminatory Abuse

Dear Sir/Madam,

I am the proud son of a Trinidadian father, and I like to vacation in Trinidad every chance I get, however there is a matter that is distressing me – one that I hope you will urgently investigate to determine whether ALL the details below are TRUE or not.

I was just holidaying in Trinidad & Tobago (September 14-18) and I took note of a learning impaired young Afro-Trinidadian employed by the ‘as yet no-name’ gas station next to the ‘Starlight Shopping Plaza’ in Diego Martin, operating the Diesel pump. This young man works 16 hours per day with NO lunch break (needs to be verified), he said the boss told him he does not need a lunch break ‘Just work hard and I will take care of you‘ (technically hearsay at this point) is what this young man was told and has taken to heart.

The young man does not even have any shade to stand up under (visibly true) – and neither has he been provided with even a chair/bench/stool to rest on in-between faithfully conducting the Gas Station owners affairs for at best – minimum pay, and quite possibly (since he is learning impaired) BELOW minimum wage (again, technical assumptions at this point).

{FILE IMAGETRINIDAD} I know you will agree with me that IF PROVEN TRUE such shameful modern-day economic slavery has NO place in a progressive and affluent society like Trinidad and Tobago – and will dispatch someone to investigate this matter swiftly for this report I am sending you in good faith and utter confidence in your appreciating my effort – will be carried on the internet within 24 hours.

Please show up unannounced and take note of all facts as you interview the young employee who (it appears) is being so heartlessly used, because – theoretically – if the owner is tipped-off that you are coming – or that you have discovered the truth and will come back later – I suspect he/she may attempt or even succeed in destroying or hiding all evidence on what he/she is actually paying the employee – or perhaps fire him before you can prove he is even being employed (suppose he was never officially registered on any payroll?), or hastily provide shade and a seat and claim that he always proved the same.

One thing is for certain, this matter needs to be carefully examined by your Ministry of Labour.

Yours faithfully,

CARICOM COMMISSIONER on the ICCTA, member of the Working Group on the American Draft Declaration with the Organization of American States (OAS) & registered participant of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII)

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