Dear Editor ，
I noticed in your Friday Newspapers dated 31.08.2018，Page 12，captioned`Commuters at Mercy of Criminals at City Hall’s relocated bus park’ where it was stated that the Mayor and City Council and the United Minibus Union (UMU) met and agreed on the relocation of the Route 42 (Georgetown to Timehri buses)，to High Street between Hadfield and Leopold Street.
I would like to make it pellucid, that at no time did our Union meet with the Georgetown City Council nor the Town Clerk to coin any agreement for the relocation of those Minibus Service Providers.
The United Minibus Union had made formal overtures to the Georgetown City Council through its Town Clerk since 2015/2016 when they imposed a fee of $200 a day for every bus that utilises parking space in the City. The UMU feels that their action was in bad faith, since City Hall did not inform nor engage the representative Union for workers in this transportation sector prior to implementation.
We were also concerned as to whether the money collected was being remitted to City Hall treasurer’s department and in what way will the Minibus Industry gain from their daily contribution. To date, we still have those concerns.
The UMU like its sister Union, The Market Vendors Union, is convinced that the Georgetown City Council and more so its Town Clerk will never engage in dialogue with these two Organisations .Weak leaders/followers will always choose to hide behind the political administration to mask their activities. Regardless of what Political Party our members support, which is their right as a collective. We feel that if the Coalition should go to the 2018 Local Government Elections with some of the present decision makers at City Hall still in office then they would have chosen to self-destruct.
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