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May 6, 2015

Social Partners Invited to Join Lawsuit

Eamon Courtenay

So the claim is filed and the P.U.P. seems ready to take it all the way. But where are the social partners? The thirteenth Senator is an issue which was near and dear to their hearts. They aren’t listed as interested parties in the claim, and today Fonseca told us that he couldn’t wait any longer for them to lead the charge.

 

Eamon Courtenay, Attorney

“I am aware of specific attempts to undermine decisions taken by those in civil society to bring a claim. In fact, the Party Leader has waited this long because he preferred for civil society to bring a claim. But every time that decision was taken, through the direct intervention of the government, the decision was then suspended and put off for further meetings in order to frustrate the claim, and the Party Leader has decided that he has waited long enough, and he has brought it and anybody who wishes to join can join and are welcome to join.”

 

Francis Fonseca

Francis Fonseca, P.U.P. Leader

“This is in fact a Senator who will represent N.G.O.s, this thirteenth Senator, so we wanted to be in a position of support to them, take the lead, so any question of this being strictly a People’s United Party, a political initiative would kind of be on the sidelines, but we can’t wait any longer. We can’t wait any longer. As Eamon has rightly pointed out, this has been under discussion for a very long time within these various entities…the Chamber of Commerce, the Unions, and every effort they have made – in fact they have made decisions and passed resolutions to move forward and on every occasion the government has made specific efforts to undermine them from moving forward.”

 

Fonseca says that he has informed those social partners of the claim filed today, and they have been invited to join in as interested parties. Late word to News Five this evening is that the first hearing before the Chief Justice is set for June first, 2015.

Also late this evening, the government issued a press release calling the claim an attempt at redemption through flimsy legal manoeuvrings and empty posturing. The release also states that, “the circumstances which would make the legislation work as envisioned by the U.D.P. and the framers of the law did not then, and do not now, exist.”

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