Watson Duke

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Watson Duke said : “I told my people I am looking to resign, but you know what they have to give me my pension after I got my pension a man can change his mind eh. I decided I will change my mind and I did that without any apology,” External link

cnc3 Saturday, March 27, 2021 3:38:00 AM EAT

Watson Duke said : “I told my people I am looking to resign, but you know what they have to give me my pension after I got my pension a man can change his mind eh. I decided I will change my mind and I did that without any apology,” External link

cnc3 Tuesday, March 23, 2021 4:26:00 AM EAT

Watson Duke said ( about Tracy Davidson Celestine ) : “She (Tracy Davidson -Celestine) said let us keep the group for the meeting small, you bring three (assemblymen) and we bring three (assemblymen). When I came here today, she had the full six,” External link

cnc3 Thursday, March 18, 2021 4:49:00 AM EAT

Watson Duke said : “To date, NIB has failed to pay the revised salary and allowances along with the retroactive payments. Accordingly, the PSA submits that they (NIB) have fundamentally violated the terms of this collective agreement,” External link

cnc3 Sunday, March 14, 2021 5:00:00 AM EAT

Watson Duke said : “Those positions … are deal breakers for us,” External link

cnc3 Friday, March 5, 2021 7:52:00 AM EAT

Watson Duke said : “You know how many surgical masks they gave them to deal with 5,000 passengers between January 4 and February 24? Fifty-one days, you know how much masks they gave them? 250 surgical face masks,” External link

stabroeknews Tuesday, March 2, 2021 4:38:00 PM EAT

Watson Duke said : “They have failed in fulfilling their legal duty to these employees. The PSA will have a zero-tolerance on that for immigration, for customs at the airport, and at any moment we will shut it down, flat on its back, no warning, no further warning,” External link

stabroeknews Tuesday, March 2, 2021 4:38:00 PM EAT

Watson Duke said : “You know how many surgical masks they gave them to deal with 5,000 passengers between January 4 and February 24? Fifty-one days, you know how much masks they gave them? 250 surgical face masks,” External link

cnc3 Tuesday, March 2, 2021 6:40:00 AM EAT

Watson Duke said : “They have failed in fulfilling their legal duty to these employees. The PSA will have a zero-tolerance on that for immigration, for customs at the airport, and at any moment we will shut it down, flat on its back, no warning, no further warning,” External link

cnc3 Tuesday, March 2, 2021 6:40:00 AM EAT

Watson Duke asked ( about Stuart Young ) : “We want to ask the Prime Minister, whether his wife who is a very good lawyer, she is connected to any firm at all that does work for WASA? We want to ask the question. He must answer these questions. We want to ask Stuart Young whether he has a brother that carries out contracts in WASA?” External link

cnc3 Tuesday, March 2, 2021 5:01:00 AM EAT

Watson Duke said : “We will adopt a zero-tolerance approach just now and we are not afraid of any one of you, you all are a bunch of lazy people,” External link

cnc3 Tuesday, March 2, 2021 5:01:00 AM EAT

Watson Duke said : “Tuesday is a day off for the people of WASA,” External link

cnc3 Sunday, February 28, 2021 3:16:00 AM EAT

Watson Duke said : “All trade unions believe that their membership is facing a threat” External link

cnc3 Sunday, February 28, 2021 3:16:00 AM EAT

Watson Duke said : “WASA has been stable for the last 11 years since I have been president, no shutting down, no antagonism. When the workers speak it is only for a just cause. WASA is not dead, there are more persons today that are getting water than ever in the history of this country,” External link

trinidadexpress Thursday, February 25, 2021 6:33:00 AM EAT

Watson Duke said : “We shut down the Trinidad and Tobago Revenue Authority and other items brought by this Government so this proposed plan to split WASA will be dismissed by the union,” External link

trinidadexpress Thursday, February 25, 2021 6:33:00 AM EAT

Watson Duke said ( about Colm Imbert ) : “Mr Imbert is looking for a fight. Mr Imbert, what you are doing since 2015 to now is thrusting your fist in the face of workers and telling them to smell this. We are tired of your bully tactics and I want to refer to you the law,” External link

cnc3 Friday, February 12, 2021 3:36:00 AM EAT

Watson Duke said : “Advise your CPO to call us and let’s go around the table and continue our negotiations. That’s mandatory, by law, that we negotiate. Stop looking for a battle,” External link

trinidadexpress Friday, February 12, 2021 2:32:00 AM EAT

Watson Duke said : “The PSA has workers working at the Treasury Division in Port of Spain and they have reported that there are funds available to facilitate wage increases. Without fear or favour, affection or ill-will, we are demanding that you give the CPO instructions to meet with us in the first week in March,” External link

trinidadexpress Friday, February 12, 2021 2:32:00 AM EAT

Watson Duke said : “We are not leaving here until she (the clerk) returns and this house is called to order for the conduct of a meeting for the electing of a presiding officer” External link

cnc3 Tuesday, February 2, 2021 5:32:00 AM EAT

Watson Duke said : “This struggle is a spiritual struggle. It is a struggle of the senior and the young people,” External link

cnc3 Tuesday, February 2, 2021 5:32:00 AM EAT

Watson Duke said : “This 6/6 stalemate has to be broken and a proper adult conversation moving forward must happen soon. I am making it clear that we would not be going back to the polls and the PDP will not be bullied into such,” External link

trinidadexpress Wednesday, January 27, 2021 4:30:00 AM EAT

Watson Duke said : “However, for the most part, the voting was smooth. I went in and out of my polling station in a very short time,” External link

cnc3 Tuesday, January 26, 2021 7:35:00 AM EAT

Watson Duke told : “Dey asking about me all the time; tell them I am here. Zoom in leh dem see me. Leh them know I am here. I ent going nowhere. They have been trying to engage me, but I was told to lef’ them alone,” External link

cnc3 Monday, January 11, 2021 4:14:00 PM EAT

Watson Duke said : “We have had workers here with 60 days leave and they have not taken any for the year, we are therefore cause all worker who have leave in excess to go on their leave with effect from today (28th December),” “The PSA is now led by the Game Changers who made it quite clear that they are concerned about the state of delivery of services to our members we believe that our members are paying money, so we must start cleaning and addressing those issues within the PSA from now and make it absolutely clear that we will be running a very tight ship and very hardship” External link

cnc3 Wednesday, December 30, 2020 5:51:00 AM EAT

Watson Duke stated : “We are looking forward to meet with the Minister after the Cabinet has met and given the sub-committee report and I want to let all WASA workers know that the President of the PSA and its current executive will do every single thing within our power to ensure that WASA is transformed with you in it. We are here to save jobs and ensure that WASA produces its mandate” External link

cnc3 Wednesday, December 30, 2020 5:51:00 AM EAT

Watson Duke said : “The Government has made life hard so now is time for them to ease the squeeze on public servants pockets,” External link

trinidadexpress Tuesday, December 15, 2020 5:19:00 AM EAT

Watson Duke added : “Those are sour losers who just want to cause chaos within the PSA. They are evil and wicked and have no place in the union. When the elections are over and we return to office, we will have to examine their conduct on whether they brought the PSA in a negative light. Business cannot be as usual going forward after today,” External link

trinidadexpress Monday, December 14, 2020 6:23:00 PM EAT

Watson Duke said : “They came saying they want to overtake the PSA. They were lighting candles to put on the step of the PSA to burn down the PSA. I came outside and kicked down every candle, kicked it down and told them to leave here,” External link

trinidadexpress Wednesday, November 18, 2020 7:11:00 PM EAT

Watson Duke said : “They came saying they want to overtake the PSA. They were lighting candles to put on the step of the PSA to burn down the PSA. I came outside and kicked down every candle, kicked it down and told them to leave here,” External link

trinidadexpress Wednesday, November 18, 2020 11:25:00 AM EAT

Watson Duke shouted : “Black power boy! Mind alyuh get charge for loitering, alyuh loitering right now, alyuh breaking the COVID laws,” External link

cnc3 Wednesday, November 18, 2020 4:10:00 AM EAT

Watson Duke told : “We heard a loud clapping and singing outside the PSA’s Abercromby Street office and when I went outside, is a bunch of ning ning flies, and these were the blue they were mixed with the blue latrine flies my words would be harsh but I will show a video just now,” External link

cnc3 Wednesday, November 18, 2020 4:10:00 AM EAT

Watson Duke urged ( about Environment Protection ) : “I am certain many persons have not come forward as yet, so I am appealing to all the members of the PSA, members of Natuc (National Trade Union Centre), URP (Unemployment Relief Programme), CEPEP (Community-based Environmental Protection and Enhancement Programme), those persons working on the farms, in the cloth stores downtown, KFC...those who have invested their money in the DSS, come and let us know your concern. We want to create a tally,” External link

trinidadexpress Wednesday, November 4, 2020 5:44:00 AM EAT

Watson Duke said : “King Rowley, Kerron Clarke is not alone in this. Kerron Clarke is only a vehicle that carries the hopes and dreams of poor people. They hope that they will be able to make enough money through this investment to pay off a loan in the bank, to pay their mortgage that they are owing, to fix a rotten teeth, to buy grapes and apples, to pay medical bills. That is hope for poor people. He represents that hope. We can’t hope in Imbert (Finance Minister Colm Imbert). He is the rich man’s hope,” External link

trinidadexpress Wednesday, November 4, 2020 5:44:00 AM EAT

Watson Duke said ( about Environment Protection ) : “I’m appealing to all the members of the PSA; all the members of NATUC including those daily-paid workers in URP (Unemployment Relief Programme), CEPEP (Community-Based Environmental Protection and Enhancement Programme), those persons working on the farm, in the cloth store downtown, those who have invested their money in DSS, come and let us know your concern,” External link

cnc3 Wednesday, November 4, 2020 5:16:00 AM EAT

Watson Duke said : “The Prime Minister has erred and made an erroneous call,” External link

cnc3 Wednesday, October 28, 2020 6:40:00 AM EAT

Watson Duke said : “The Tobago PNM is just a cog in the wheel and any major decision must be made by the Political Leader of the PNM who is controlled by an interest group,” External link

cnc3 Tuesday, October 27, 2020 10:37:00 PM EAT

Watson Duke said : “The call was resisted by not weak public service managers but by strong public service managers who would have further engage in a domestic arrangement where some workers continue to work from home while they look after their children,” External link

cnc3 Tuesday, October 27, 2020 6:23:00 AM EAT

Watson Duke said : “We recognise sometimes you lead from the front, sometimes you lead from the back, because the face of the front must take on certain responsibilities,” External link

cnc3 Friday, October 2, 2020 8:31:00 PM EAT

Watson Duke said : “The PDP is not mashing up…There is no war within the PDP. The PDP is a family, and like all families, there would be disagreements…the PDP is strong. The PDP is steady,” External link

cnc3 Friday, September 4, 2020 12:01:00 AM EAT

Watson Duke said ( about Mr Williams ) : “I am prepared to accept an immediate and unequivocal retraction and an apology from Mr. Williams,” External link

cnc3 Sunday, August 23, 2020 6:20:00 PM EAT

Watson Duke said : “Vote PNM, vote for the PNM. PNM what! Vote for the PDP. Vote PDP. It’s the demons you know. It’s the demons. Folks, hear me. It’s the demons,” External link

stabroeknews Friday, July 24, 2020 11:31:00 AM EAT

Watson Duke said : “Vote PNM, vote for the PNM. PNM what! Vote for the PDP. Vote PDP. It’s the demons you know. It’s the demons. Folks, hear me. It’s the demons,” External link

cnc3 Friday, July 24, 2020 7:08:00 AM EAT

Watson Duke told : “I am not shocked. I am not perturbed. I am rather confused about why would a man who is approaching his 90s will be entangled with a young black panther,” External link

cnc3 Friday, July 17, 2020 8:32:00 PM EAT

Watson Duke acknowledged : “I will respond to all attacks that you direct my way. I have held my tongue thus far…” External link

cnc3 Wednesday, July 15, 2020 8:16:00 PM EAT

Watson Duke said : “The Minority Council will not recognise this newly-elected Chief Secretary who we call the ‘Child King’,” External link

cnc3 Friday, May 15, 2020 7:49:00 AM EAT

Watson Duke said : “What has happened with the former Chief Secretary Kelvin Charles is irreconcilable. Those persons who claim to be seeking office, they have done an injustice to Mr Charles that will not be forgiven by Tobago people,” “No one should be forced out of office and then humiliated, so as not to serve either as a Secretary. Is it that Mr Charles is so incapable that he has failed all of his performance appraisals that he could do nothing in the THA, but to sit down as an Assemblyman, that’s humiliation and personally, when I got into politics it was to fight for all Tobagonians, even including PNM and as the political leader of the Progressive Democratic Patriots I intend to fight for Mr Charles. He is not my friend, but he is a Tobagonian and I will do anything to ensure he is being given fairness and justice in all of this” External link

cnc3 Wednesday, May 6, 2020 8:01:00 AM EAT

Watson Duke added ( about Keith Rowley ) : “If they don’t come out, we are going to negotiate for ourselves. Whoever supports us on March 16, we will support them. We are calling upon Prime Minister (Dr Keith Rowley) to do what he has promised and put people first. Clearly, he has put people last,” External link

trinidadexpress Tuesday, February 18, 2020 6:01:00 AM EAT

Watson Duke responded : “I could look her in the eyes, in the head, in any part of the body, even though she is not that attractive” External link

trinidadexpress Saturday, February 1, 2020 4:08:00 PM EAT

Watson Duke said : “I don’t like her and she don’t like me. And this goes back to 2007 when I used to work at WASA under her, as a chairperson of the section. And she fought me and I fought back and I won and I become the (PSA) president. To this day she can’t look me in the eyes,” External link

trinidadexpress Saturday, February 1, 2020 4:08:00 PM EAT

Watson Duke said : “I’ll give him a chance to clarify the sick joke that he has made. I want to tell him and those like him, that Tobago’s annual financial supply by Trinidad is but a mere expectation of what we require to run Tobago. Tobago is undeveloped and we require more money to develop Tobago,” External link

newsday-tt Monday, December 23, 2019 11:40:00 PM EAT

Watson Duke said : “That money is life for us. It’s every single thing. It’s medication. It’s gas,” External link

cnc3 Thursday, December 19, 2019 2:04:00 AM EAT

Watson Duke said ( about Kelvin Charles ) : “I think they should be fair and respect the contributions Kelvin Charles made as a Chief Secretary. The man is pretty young. I don’t know why they trying are to rush him out of office,” External link

cnc3 Saturday, November 23, 2019 12:23:00 AM EAT

Watson Duke said : "The only regret I have is that the word—use of the word—is being misunderstood by a number of voters and maybe a few supporters because the word has been misused and abused," External link

cnc3 Tuesday, November 12, 2019 7:33:00 PM EAT

Watson Duke said : "What about the public servants? They continue to leave us out. The PM goes on the radio and says they are lazy; they are good for nothing. The PNM continues to beat us with whips on our back," External link

cnc3 Tuesday, November 12, 2019 7:33:00 PM EAT

Watson Duke said : “If you do not speak to this matter between now and December, I am asking all ni**ers, all black people like myself, and watch me good, meh well black, not to support the PNM. Do not do it,” External link

trinidadexpress Tuesday, November 12, 2019 5:45:00 PM EAT

Watson Duke said : “The Minister of Finance says hold on, he has something to go to Cabinet, he’s going to present it to us. And so we waited all of May, all of June, all of August and we got nothing. Then we were told to wait until the budget, we are going to hear something,” External link

trinidadexpress Tuesday, November 12, 2019 5:45:00 PM EAT

Watson Duke said : “I could have hugged the man and kissed him because I believed he was going somewhere,” External link

trinidadexpress Tuesday, November 12, 2019 5:45:00 PM EAT

Watson Duke warned : “But I will make sure that you pay that money before elections come. And don't call no single digit, we want double digit. And we want the higher figure. We want 16 per cent. Sixteen per cent was given to minimum wage,so we are asking for a minimum living wage, which is different from the minimum wage. A minimum living wage, according to the CPO (chief personnel officer) is that which places an employee’s salary where 30 per cent of his salary can pay for a decent place of rest, whether it be a mortgage or rent” External link

trinidadexpress Tuesday, November 12, 2019 5:45:00 PM EAT

Watson Duke saying : “the day will come for us in WASA, (when) we are prepared to die and the morgue will be picking up people” External link

trinidadexpress Sunday, September 8, 2019 4:08:00 AM EAT

Watson Duke said : “This is your belief, folks, this is your family and I am sending the message clear, let Rowley them know that the day they come for us in WASA, we are prepared to die and the morgue would be picking up people” External link

trinidadexpress Tuesday, September 3, 2019 5:49:00 AM EAT

Watson Duke said : “There is a law they are going to amend just now called Recruiting of Workers act. It is an important act. The act will see our Venezuelan brothers and sisters choreographed and placed into groups under recruitment agencies,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, June 23, 2019 8:26:00 PM EAT

Watson Duke said : “Monday is a holiday for justice – a justice holiday,” External link

newsday-tt Wednesday, March 13, 2019 7:33:00 AM EAT

Watson Duke said : “They are sending workers home, saying the Judiciary is not working up to standard,” External link

newsday-tt Wednesday, March 13, 2019 7:33:00 AM EAT

Watson Duke said : “It was monies for working in hazardous conditions within a particular period. It’s a buyout. Management having agreed to that, in principle, would have changed their position in writing to us and stated that only certain selected positions would be paid,” External link

trinidadexpress Tuesday, February 12, 2019 7:28:00 PM EAT

Watson Duke said : “The workers have been told that they can visit the doctor because they are not looking good, and the last time I went to the doctor and was under stress, the doctor gave me two weeks,” External link

trinidadexpress Tuesday, February 12, 2019 7:28:00 PM EAT

Watson Duke told : “We hope that you can advocate for our right to self-determination, the right to operate as we were before,” External link

newsday-tt Monday, February 4, 2019 6:47:00 AM EAT

Watson Duke said : “That was the start of the genesis of the bacchanal,” External link

newsday-tt Wednesday, January 30, 2019 8:06:00 AM EAT

Watson Duke said : “We asked her to give us whatever information that she has so that we could leave peacefully. "She stood up, slammed down her book and said she is not prepared to give any information under these circumstances. "What circumstances? She wants some of our people to leave the room while she must have 100 per cent of her people in her room?” External link

newsday-tt Wednesday, January 30, 2019 8:06:00 AM EAT

Watson Duke said : “I turned away and I looked back and I saw the entire place in a disarray,” External link

newsday-tt Wednesday, January 30, 2019 8:06:00 AM EAT

Watson Duke said : “That’s assault. Right now the lady is in hospital getting her medical papers and the PSA will spend money by an attorney to treat with that,” External link

trinidadexpress Tuesday, January 29, 2019 11:21:00 PM EAT

Watson Duke said : “They have not even contested nor won a seat nor represent people. Whom do they represent? Nobody!” External link

cnc3 Thursday, January 24, 2019 1:33:00 PM EAT

Watson Duke said : “I am responsible for preventing the wetlands, the Ramsar site from being destroyed by Sandals, the THA and the executive of the Government. I’m responsible for joining with environmentalists, with fishermen to stop that. I am also responsible for joining with the average rank and file of Tobago to ensure that the jobs that are coming to us are dignified jobs, not the jobs of a bell boy, water-fetching nature,” External link

trinidadexpress Friday, January 18, 2019 6:02:00 AM EAT

Watson Duke said : “Thank you Mr. CEO (Sandals CEO Gebhard Rainer), thank you Butch Stewart (Sandals founder), is my reaction to that. Tobago says thanks for pulling out and for saving our wetlands, from turning our people on the island into bell boys and bell girls and water fetchers. It’s a good sign and we say thanks to them for doing that,” External link

trinidadexpress Wednesday, January 16, 2019 12:32:00 AM EAT

Watson Duke said : “Wait until the Progressive Democratic Patriots have been elected into Government in the THA and then come across. We will negotiate. Because Tobagonians are saying we need maybe a five star hotel on the island and maybe Butch Stewart’s expertise, but we need to get it right,” “But the way you have been operating with the Prime Minister, definitely he cannot get it right and the project is just not right for Tobago at this point in time,” External link

trinidadexpress Wednesday, January 16, 2019 12:32:00 AM EAT

Watson Duke alleged : “How does he account for the THA in Tobago spending money without rhyme or reason?” External link

newsday-tt Wednesday, January 9, 2019 9:15:00 AM EAT

Watson Duke said : “Come on, you don’t love Tobago that much. We want to find out the real secret behind that utterance; whether there is some kickback, whether we’ll get value for money. There is lots of talk about Sandals… we in this country, we want value for money, we don’t want old talk, don’t engage us in this silly season too early, wait until you call the elections to engage us, we would then rightly place your words where it should be,” External link

newsday-tt Wednesday, January 9, 2019 7:29:00 AM EAT

Watson Duke contended : “That’s talk, and certain circles refer to that as political rubber talk, political picong” External link

newsday-tt Wednesday, January 9, 2019 7:29:00 AM EAT

Watson Duke said ( about Rohan Sinanan ) : “I want to ask (Transport) Minister (Rohan) Sinanan that he be reasonable in his approach in enforcing the law. These are law-abiding citizens who wish to obey the law but due to the fact there are limited stations that certify vehicles, they are without luck,” External link

newsday-tt Monday, January 7, 2019 6:56:00 AM EAT

Watson Duke said : "Here comes the threat on the eve of Christmas in the parliament of our country under the Miscellaneous provisions Bill 2018 that says if I only suspect you tipping off someone...if I suspect you disclosing information or engaging money laundering, you shall be charged. Not five dollars. Not ten dollars. But ten million dollars and ten years in jail. Folks to me it is a government that has gone mad," External link

tv6tnt Friday, December 14, 2018 9:31:00 PM EAT

Watson Duke said : “While we met and agreed on good faith tthe CDA would have acted in bad faith once our backs were turned. We are not going to talk, but act. You can expect legal action will follow. We are concerned with the manner in which CDA has been sending workers home,” External link

Triniad-guardian Monday, October 30, 2017 5:35:00 AM EAT

Watson Duke said : “So in substance, what he’s saying to us the public servants and public officers is that if you are not paid it’s not the Government fault, it is the fault of your accounting unit. But isn’t your accounting unit working? Yes. They would have quantified what was owed to you long time,” External link

trinidadexpress Wednesday, March 8, 2017 3:38:00 PM EAT

Watson Duke said : “Before you calculate (arrears) you would have requested from the accounting department what the figures are. Those figures should have been audited already. We don’t want to hear no hogwash. We want to hear that come March 31 the money is paid,” External link

trinidadexpress Wednesday, March 8, 2017 3:38:00 PM EAT

Watson Duke said : “We want all of the back pay arrears and there will be zero tolerance on that. We want to hear no excuse whatsoever. None,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, March 7, 2017 3:55:00 AM EAT

Watson Duke said : “This morning I am part of one of the oldest Jouvert bands in the east, No Behaviour Crew, is over eight years and counting,” External link

trinidadexpress Tuesday, February 28, 2017 7:53:00 AM EAT

Watson Duke said : "The usual post-election motorcade would not have allowed us that opportunity to say thanks up close, personal and direct as we would have just been driving ... in the villages," External link

Triniad-guardian Monday, February 13, 2017 10:20:00 PM EAT

Watson Duke said : “We are prepared to create community policing to work with the Community Comfort patrols to ensure that every child, every family and every village is protected, none will be left behind. Very soon and after thorough consultation, we would announce a crime march in Tobago and that would be the beginning of the end of this false PNM THA administration, who is only intent was to win and now that they have won they don’t care, but we would ensure that the voice of the minority or the majority is heard through us in that Chamber,” External link

newsday-tt Sunday, February 12, 2017 8:49:00 AM EAT

Watson Duke said : “We have documentary evidence that there is someone on the board of Port Authority of Trinidad and Tobago that are playing games, they do not want the super-fast Galicia to service the people of Tobago,” External link

newsday-tt Saturday, February 4, 2017 8:37:00 AM EAT

Watson Duke said : “The superfast Galicia falls under the ambit of the Tobago House of Assembly (THA), under the fifth schedule, under number 16 which says Tobago is responsible for both air and sea transportation...then Tobago must have a say. Otherwise, we will be leaving here and seeking a new relationship with Grenada, Barbados, St Vincent,” External link

newsday-tt Saturday, February 4, 2017 8:37:00 AM EAT

Watson Duke said : “It irks me to see the Prime Minister frolicking at a Carnival party when crime is on the increase,” External link

newsday-tt Tuesday, January 31, 2017 8:44:00 AM EAT

Watson Duke said : “I think staying away from parties will send a message to the 1.5 million people of this nation that the Prime Minister is taking crime seriously,” External link

trinidadexpress Tuesday, January 31, 2017 6:09:00 AM EAT

Watson Duke said : “Based on a scientific study done and data gathered, crime would be a top priority, because crime affects every single thing, it affects tourism, it affects agriculture, it affects education, it affects health,” “For the year we already have two gun-related murders and about six shootings, so we would really want to see the plan of the PNM and see if we can bolster that plan with some ideas of our own, because as you know during the campaign we have been out there garnering views from all the persons and we developed a mandate. We have a perspective on crime, so if we are able to unify and harness the ideas together, we would be able to come up with a good crime plan” External link

Triniad-guardian Friday, January 27, 2017 1:07:00 PM EAT

Watson Duke said : “Crime affects everyone and every single thing,” “It affects tourism, it affects agriculture, it affects education, it affects health and, for the year, we already have two gun-related murders and about six shootings. So we would really want to see a plan of the PNM (People’s National Movement) and see if we can ballast to that plan some ideas of our own” External link

newsday-tt Friday, January 27, 2017 9:11:00 AM EAT

Watson Duke said : “Well the THA Act doesn’t provide for an Assemblyman to be a full-time officer. As you know, it’s a part-time officer, just as an MP, all right? And so what they give is a stipend and not even a salary per se. So I expect that my work will continue at the PSA, but I will also continue to lead the revolution in Tobago,” External link

trinidadexpress Wednesday, January 25, 2017 7:03:00 AM EAT

Watson Duke said : “We are fully confident of victory in at least seven seats,” “We are still working on five more seats to make the 12 because we need to balance the curse the PNM has placed upon Tobago over the last 16 years,” External link

newsday-tt Wednesday, January 4, 2017 9:23:00 AM EAT

Watson Duke said : “Based on the rules of the TRHA (Tobago Regional Health Authority), every Friday between 11am and 4pm, a pathologist is supposed to be here but that has not happened for a couple Fridays,” “These families were further incensed when they got a call to take their families to Trinidad for the autopsies and bring them back. We are already going to Trinidad for food items, school books, clothes, ID cards, every living thing, now they telling us when they die take them to Trinidad and bring them back” External link

newsday-tt Thursday, December 29, 2016 9:11:00 AM EAT

Watson Duke said : “We are asking that these elections be conducted with the highest level of responsibility by the Government of this country, therefore invite the Caricom group, it is not too late,” “It (the election) must be free and it must be fair and no one must be forced into giving any vote that they are not willing to give,” External link

newsday-tt Thursday, December 22, 2016 9:31:00 AM EAT

Watson Duke contended : “They intend to bribe people, they intend to bully people, they intend to pull down persons’ flyers and deface people’s marks of identification for the party so as to bring about a type of unrest in Tobago and turn people away from the polls,” External link

newsday-tt Thursday, December 22, 2016 9:31:00 AM EAT

Watson Duke said : “They have a right to choose who they want to represent them, and those who are in charge have a right to listen to these people. Here what I am saying here this morning is if they do not get who they want, they can come by the PDP,” External link

trinidadexpress Wednesday, November 30, 2016 5:51:00 AM EAT

Watson Duke said ( about Colm Imbert ) : “We have evidence of rats in the building. Several people had failed the tests. I have the results here where their respiratory system was compromised. They have complained vehemently to management regarding their health challenges,” “We are calling upon them to do a thorough investigation. We are calling upon Imbert to refrain from spewing falsehoods. We are pleading with him to take the health of workers seriously,” External link

trinidadexpress Thursday, November 17, 2016 5:45:00 AM EAT

Watson Duke told : “Today our journey down there would have proven that we stand on good ground when we say the building compromises the health of workers because we met a worker there, an aged woman, who would have contributed more than 20 years of her employment there. She said the doctor found fungus growing in her face and she had reports to prove that. We also have the report of a woman whose spirometric test (lung function test) failed and she has not stopped experiencing spotting. She experiences dizzy spells and sometimes she faints on the job,” External link

trinidadexpress Tuesday, November 8, 2016 6:06:00 AM EAT

Watson Duke said : “What incensed the PSA and made us somewhat disappointed was the fact that among all the workers that ever complained of health and safety issues, the BIR workers and the Treasury workers were among the only workers who would have received a full industrial medical exam via the Government. We are to report also that several of those reports would have shown that in excess of 20 persons, and that's only a moderate figure, it could be 100 or more, suffering from a failed spirometric test. That means when they checked their respiratory system it failed,” External link

trinidadexpress Tuesday, November 8, 2016 6:06:00 AM EAT

Watson Duke said : “The end date for the completion of such building has been moved no less than six times, the last date being December of this year being moved to June of next year,” External link

trinidadexpress Tuesday, November 8, 2016 6:06:00 AM EAT

Watson Duke said : “We are now saying there will be zero, zero, zero tolerance where health and safety is concerned,” External link

Triniad-guardian Tuesday, November 8, 2016 4:39:00 AM EAT

Watson Duke said : “To me it is the most insipid statement I have ever heard,” External link

Triniad-guardian Tuesday, November 8, 2016 4:39:00 AM EAT

Watson Duke told : “The PSA would have received a call from a member of staff from the BIR Trinidad House complaining of rat infestation in the building, which has been marked by droppings and certain pieces of equipment that was shredded by the rats,” External link

trinidadexpress Tuesday, November 8, 2016 2:19:00 AM EAT

Watson Duke said : “Today our journey down there would have proven that we stand on good ground when we say the building compromises the health of workers because we met a worker there, an aged woman, who would have contributed more than 20 years of her employment there. She said the doctor found fungus growing up in her face and she had reports to prove that. We also have the report of a woman whose spirometric test (lung function test) failed and she has not stopped experiencing spotting. She experiences dizzy spells and sometimes she faints on the job,” External link

trinidadexpress Tuesday, November 8, 2016 2:19:00 AM EAT

Watson Duke said : “It is high time the Minister of Finance put its house in order. We are saying that there will be zero, zero, zero tolerance where health and safety is concerned,” External link

trinidadexpress Tuesday, November 8, 2016 2:19:00 AM EAT

Watson Duke said : “We have been hearing that as a recurring decimal for the last three months. For the last six years they have been told they (HDC) are dealing with it. One of the retirees told me she has to spend thousands of dollars when the month come to buy medication. How long can she continue to lean on her grandchildren and family for assistance, it is sad,” External link

newsday-tt Tuesday, October 11, 2016 9:11:00 AM EAT

Watson Duke said : “We are hopeful that the issues will be resolved so that there would not be any crisis or any perception of crisis,” External link

Triniad-guardian Friday, September 23, 2016 1:57:00 PM EAT

Watson Duke told : “This is simply workers saying we want our issues to be taken seriously where health and safety is concerned,” External link

newsday-tt Friday, September 23, 2016 8:29:00 AM EAT

Watson Duke said : “Tonight (last night) the union met the management in a crisis talks in an effort to work with management to keep WASA afloat because of months of neglect by the management to the workers, in so far as providing requisite protective clothing and endangering the lives of the workers by neglect,” External link

antiguaobserver Thursday, September 22, 2016 7:06:00 PM EAT

Watson Duke said : “WASA has shut itself down. It has nothing to do with the workers and the union, it has everything to do with the management,” “They have failed to supply the workers with the adequate clothing and devices to protect their health. People are dying on the job and persons are being pursued on the job by strange people. This is too much for the workers to bear” External link

antiguaobserver Thursday, September 22, 2016 7:06:00 PM EAT

Watson Duke said : “Tonight (last night) the union met the management in a crisis talks in an effort to work with management to keep WASA afloat because of months of neglect by the management to the workers, in so far as providing requisite protective clothing and endangering the lives of the workers by neglect,” External link

Triniad-guardian Thursday, September 22, 2016 2:36:00 PM EAT

Watson Duke said : “WASA has shut itself down. It has nothing to do with the workers and the union, it has everything to do with the management,” “They have failed to supply the workers with the adequate clothing and devices to protect their health. People are dying on the job and persons are being pursued on the job by strange people. This is too much for the workers to bear” External link

Triniad-guardian Thursday, September 22, 2016 2:36:00 PM EAT

Watson Duke said ( about Brian Lara ) : “Persons are asked to stay at home to pray and fast or they can go to work to pray and fast or join us on the Brian Lara Promenade to pray and fast,” “Discussions among us lead us to believe that workers are contemplating their future, whether it makes sense to continue working for money that is being devalued on a day to day basis” External link

newsday-tt Saturday, August 27, 2016 9:06:00 AM EAT

Watson Duke said : “Today these workers are saying one thing. They want all of their money right now. If yuh see meh lips looking white, it’s because is hungry ah hungry. He has taken us on a wild goose chase. In November...no money; in December... no money. He say he looking for a loan in March...no money,” External link

newsday-tt Saturday, July 2, 2016 8:25:00 AM EAT



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Ian Murray said ( about Watson Duke ) : “The general council did not approve those payments to Mr Duke. That payment is due to all officers if they so choose who would have served the public service, all past officers that would have served in the PSA would have collected that money if they so choose of the treasury of their respective pension accounts,” External link

cnc3 Monday, March 22, 2021 3:30:00 AM EAT

Tracy Davidson Celestine added ( about Watson Duke ) : “His recent statements also indicate that he now wishes to go back to the house to do something that we have not succeeded in doing up to this point. Duke must understand that if we don’t operate within the mechanism afforded to us, that the THA operations will be brought into chaos” External link

cnc3 Monday, March 22, 2021 2:29:00 AM EAT

Tracy Davidson Celestine stated ( about Watson Duke ) : “At this point in time we have a Chief Secretary, a deputy Chief Secretary and four other functioning members of the Executive Council and we have been running the administration of Tobago since January 25. So Watson Duke cannot act as if he has the upper hand in this particular situation and if it is that he has put a position on the table, then I don’t know that you can start to take the discussion out in the public domain without giving us the opportunity to look at that proposal and come back with a position,” External link

trinidadexpress Saturday, March 6, 2021 6:36:00 AM EAT

Ian Murray said ( about Watson Duke ) : “Watson Duke would be back as president of the union for the next four years because of the mishaps and it’s very unfortunate,” External link

trinidadexpress Wednesday, December 16, 2020 12:22:00 AM EAT

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Watson Duke said : “I told my people I am looking to resign, but you know what they have to give me my pension after I got my pension a man can change his mind eh. I decided I will change my mind and I did that without any apology,” External link

cnc3 Saturday, March 27, 2021 3:38:00 AM EAT

Watson Duke said : “I told my people I am looking to resign, but you know what they have to give me my pension after I got my pension a man can change his mind eh. I decided I will change my mind and I did that without any apology,” External link

cnc3 Tuesday, March 23, 2021 4:26:00 AM EAT

Watson Duke said ( about Tracy Davidson Celestine ) : “She (Tracy Davidson -Celestine) said let us keep the group for the meeting small, you bring three (assemblymen) and we bring three (assemblymen). When I came here today, she had the full six,” External link

cnc3 Thursday, March 18, 2021 4:49:00 AM EAT

Watson Duke said : “To date, NIB has failed to pay the revised salary and allowances along with the retroactive payments. Accordingly, the PSA submits that they (NIB) have fundamentally violated the terms of this collective agreement,” External link

cnc3 Sunday, March 14, 2021 5:00:00 AM EAT

Watson Duke said : “Those positions … are deal breakers for us,” External link

cnc3 Friday, March 5, 2021 7:52:00 AM EAT

Watson Duke said : “You know how many surgical masks they gave them to deal with 5,000 passengers between January 4 and February 24? Fifty-one days, you know how much masks they gave them? 250 surgical face masks,” External link

stabroeknews Tuesday, March 2, 2021 4:38:00 PM EAT

Watson Duke said : “They have failed in fulfilling their legal duty to these employees. The PSA will have a zero-tolerance on that for immigration, for customs at the airport, and at any moment we will shut it down, flat on its back, no warning, no further warning,” External link

stabroeknews Tuesday, March 2, 2021 4:38:00 PM EAT

Watson Duke said : “You know how many surgical masks they gave them to deal with 5,000 passengers between January 4 and February 24? Fifty-one days, you know how much masks they gave them? 250 surgical face masks,” External link

cnc3 Tuesday, March 2, 2021 6:40:00 AM EAT

Watson Duke said : “They have failed in fulfilling their legal duty to these employees. The PSA will have a zero-tolerance on that for immigration, for customs at the airport, and at any moment we will shut it down, flat on its back, no warning, no further warning,” External link

cnc3 Tuesday, March 2, 2021 6:40:00 AM EAT

Watson Duke asked ( about Stuart Young ) : “We want to ask the Prime Minister, whether his wife who is a very good lawyer, she is connected to any firm at all that does work for WASA? We want to ask the question. He must answer these questions. We want to ask Stuart Young whether he has a brother that carries out contracts in WASA?” External link

cnc3 Tuesday, March 2, 2021 5:01:00 AM EAT

Watson Duke said : “We will adopt a zero-tolerance approach just now and we are not afraid of any one of you, you all are a bunch of lazy people,” External link

cnc3 Tuesday, March 2, 2021 5:01:00 AM EAT

Watson Duke said : “Tuesday is a day off for the people of WASA,” External link

cnc3 Sunday, February 28, 2021 3:16:00 AM EAT

Watson Duke said : “All trade unions believe that their membership is facing a threat” External link

cnc3 Sunday, February 28, 2021 3:16:00 AM EAT

Watson Duke said : “WASA has been stable for the last 11 years since I have been president, no shutting down, no antagonism. When the workers speak it is only for a just cause. WASA is not dead, there are more persons today that are getting water than ever in the history of this country,” External link

trinidadexpress Thursday, February 25, 2021 6:33:00 AM EAT

Watson Duke said : “We shut down the Trinidad and Tobago Revenue Authority and other items brought by this Government so this proposed plan to split WASA will be dismissed by the union,” External link

trinidadexpress Thursday, February 25, 2021 6:33:00 AM EAT

Watson Duke said ( about Colm Imbert ) : “Mr Imbert is looking for a fight. Mr Imbert, what you are doing since 2015 to now is thrusting your fist in the face of workers and telling them to smell this. We are tired of your bully tactics and I want to refer to you the law,” External link

cnc3 Friday, February 12, 2021 3:36:00 AM EAT

Watson Duke said : “Advise your CPO to call us and let’s go around the table and continue our negotiations. That’s mandatory, by law, that we negotiate. Stop looking for a battle,” External link

trinidadexpress Friday, February 12, 2021 2:32:00 AM EAT

Watson Duke said : “The PSA has workers working at the Treasury Division in Port of Spain and they have reported that there are funds available to facilitate wage increases. Without fear or favour, affection or ill-will, we are demanding that you give the CPO instructions to meet with us in the first week in March,” External link

trinidadexpress Friday, February 12, 2021 2:32:00 AM EAT

Watson Duke said : “We are not leaving here until she (the clerk) returns and this house is called to order for the conduct of a meeting for the electing of a presiding officer” External link

cnc3 Tuesday, February 2, 2021 5:32:00 AM EAT

Watson Duke said : “This struggle is a spiritual struggle. It is a struggle of the senior and the young people,” External link

cnc3 Tuesday, February 2, 2021 5:32:00 AM EAT

Watson Duke said : “This 6/6 stalemate has to be broken and a proper adult conversation moving forward must happen soon. I am making it clear that we would not be going back to the polls and the PDP will not be bullied into such,” External link

trinidadexpress Wednesday, January 27, 2021 4:30:00 AM EAT

Watson Duke said : “However, for the most part, the voting was smooth. I went in and out of my polling station in a very short time,” External link

cnc3 Tuesday, January 26, 2021 7:35:00 AM EAT

Watson Duke told : “Dey asking about me all the time; tell them I am here. Zoom in leh dem see me. Leh them know I am here. I ent going nowhere. They have been trying to engage me, but I was told to lef’ them alone,” External link

cnc3 Monday, January 11, 2021 4:14:00 PM EAT

Watson Duke said : “We have had workers here with 60 days leave and they have not taken any for the year, we are therefore cause all worker who have leave in excess to go on their leave with effect from today (28th December),” “The PSA is now led by the Game Changers who made it quite clear that they are concerned about the state of delivery of services to our members we believe that our members are paying money, so we must start cleaning and addressing those issues within the PSA from now and make it absolutely clear that we will be running a very tight ship and very hardship” External link

cnc3 Wednesday, December 30, 2020 5:51:00 AM EAT

Watson Duke stated : “We are looking forward to meet with the Minister after the Cabinet has met and given the sub-committee report and I want to let all WASA workers know that the President of the PSA and its current executive will do every single thing within our power to ensure that WASA is transformed with you in it. We are here to save jobs and ensure that WASA produces its mandate” External link

cnc3 Wednesday, December 30, 2020 5:51:00 AM EAT

Watson Duke said : “The Government has made life hard so now is time for them to ease the squeeze on public servants pockets,” External link

trinidadexpress Tuesday, December 15, 2020 5:19:00 AM EAT

Watson Duke added : “Those are sour losers who just want to cause chaos within the PSA. They are evil and wicked and have no place in the union. When the elections are over and we return to office, we will have to examine their conduct on whether they brought the PSA in a negative light. Business cannot be as usual going forward after today,” External link

trinidadexpress Monday, December 14, 2020 6:23:00 PM EAT

Watson Duke said : “They came saying they want to overtake the PSA. They were lighting candles to put on the step of the PSA to burn down the PSA. I came outside and kicked down every candle, kicked it down and told them to leave here,” External link

trinidadexpress Wednesday, November 18, 2020 7:11:00 PM EAT

Watson Duke said : “They came saying they want to overtake the PSA. They were lighting candles to put on the step of the PSA to burn down the PSA. I came outside and kicked down every candle, kicked it down and told them to leave here,” External link

trinidadexpress Wednesday, November 18, 2020 11:25:00 AM EAT

Watson Duke shouted : “Black power boy! Mind alyuh get charge for loitering, alyuh loitering right now, alyuh breaking the COVID laws,” External link

cnc3 Wednesday, November 18, 2020 4:10:00 AM EAT

Watson Duke told : “We heard a loud clapping and singing outside the PSA’s Abercromby Street office and when I went outside, is a bunch of ning ning flies, and these were the blue they were mixed with the blue latrine flies my words would be harsh but I will show a video just now,” External link

cnc3 Wednesday, November 18, 2020 4:10:00 AM EAT

Watson Duke urged ( about Environment Protection ) : “I am certain many persons have not come forward as yet, so I am appealing to all the members of the PSA, members of Natuc (National Trade Union Centre), URP (Unemployment Relief Programme), CEPEP (Community-based Environmental Protection and Enhancement Programme), those persons working on the farms, in the cloth stores downtown, KFC...those who have invested their money in the DSS, come and let us know your concern. We want to create a tally,” External link

trinidadexpress Wednesday, November 4, 2020 5:44:00 AM EAT

Watson Duke said : “King Rowley, Kerron Clarke is not alone in this. Kerron Clarke is only a vehicle that carries the hopes and dreams of poor people. They hope that they will be able to make enough money through this investment to pay off a loan in the bank, to pay their mortgage that they are owing, to fix a rotten teeth, to buy grapes and apples, to pay medical bills. That is hope for poor people. He represents that hope. We can’t hope in Imbert (Finance Minister Colm Imbert). He is the rich man’s hope,” External link

trinidadexpress Wednesday, November 4, 2020 5:44:00 AM EAT

Watson Duke said ( about Environment Protection ) : “I’m appealing to all the members of the PSA; all the members of NATUC including those daily-paid workers in URP (Unemployment Relief Programme), CEPEP (Community-Based Environmental Protection and Enhancement Programme), those persons working on the farm, in the cloth store downtown, those who have invested their money in DSS, come and let us know your concern,” External link

cnc3 Wednesday, November 4, 2020 5:16:00 AM EAT

Watson Duke said : “The Prime Minister has erred and made an erroneous call,” External link

cnc3 Wednesday, October 28, 2020 6:40:00 AM EAT

Watson Duke said : “The Tobago PNM is just a cog in the wheel and any major decision must be made by the Political Leader of the PNM who is controlled by an interest group,” External link

cnc3 Tuesday, October 27, 2020 10:37:00 PM EAT

Watson Duke said : “The call was resisted by not weak public service managers but by strong public service managers who would have further engage in a domestic arrangement where some workers continue to work from home while they look after their children,” External link

cnc3 Tuesday, October 27, 2020 6:23:00 AM EAT

Watson Duke said : “We recognise sometimes you lead from the front, sometimes you lead from the back, because the face of the front must take on certain responsibilities,” External link

cnc3 Friday, October 2, 2020 8:31:00 PM EAT

Watson Duke said : “The PDP is not mashing up…There is no war within the PDP. The PDP is a family, and like all families, there would be disagreements…the PDP is strong. The PDP is steady,” External link

cnc3 Friday, September 4, 2020 12:01:00 AM EAT

Watson Duke said ( about Mr Williams ) : “I am prepared to accept an immediate and unequivocal retraction and an apology from Mr. Williams,” External link

cnc3 Sunday, August 23, 2020 6:20:00 PM EAT

Watson Duke said : “Vote PNM, vote for the PNM. PNM what! Vote for the PDP. Vote PDP. It’s the demons you know. It’s the demons. Folks, hear me. It’s the demons,” External link

stabroeknews Friday, July 24, 2020 11:31:00 AM EAT

Watson Duke said : “Vote PNM, vote for the PNM. PNM what! Vote for the PDP. Vote PDP. It’s the demons you know. It’s the demons. Folks, hear me. It’s the demons,” External link

cnc3 Friday, July 24, 2020 7:08:00 AM EAT

Watson Duke told : “I am not shocked. I am not perturbed. I am rather confused about why would a man who is approaching his 90s will be entangled with a young black panther,” External link

cnc3 Friday, July 17, 2020 8:32:00 PM EAT

Watson Duke acknowledged : “I will respond to all attacks that you direct my way. I have held my tongue thus far…” External link

cnc3 Wednesday, July 15, 2020 8:16:00 PM EAT

Watson Duke said : “The Minority Council will not recognise this newly-elected Chief Secretary who we call the ‘Child King’,” External link

cnc3 Friday, May 15, 2020 7:49:00 AM EAT

Watson Duke said : “What has happened with the former Chief Secretary Kelvin Charles is irreconcilable. Those persons who claim to be seeking office, they have done an injustice to Mr Charles that will not be forgiven by Tobago people,” “No one should be forced out of office and then humiliated, so as not to serve either as a Secretary. Is it that Mr Charles is so incapable that he has failed all of his performance appraisals that he could do nothing in the THA, but to sit down as an Assemblyman, that’s humiliation and personally, when I got into politics it was to fight for all Tobagonians, even including PNM and as the political leader of the Progressive Democratic Patriots I intend to fight for Mr Charles. He is not my friend, but he is a Tobagonian and I will do anything to ensure he is being given fairness and justice in all of this” External link

cnc3 Wednesday, May 6, 2020 8:01:00 AM EAT

Watson Duke added ( about Keith Rowley ) : “If they don’t come out, we are going to negotiate for ourselves. Whoever supports us on March 16, we will support them. We are calling upon Prime Minister (Dr Keith Rowley) to do what he has promised and put people first. Clearly, he has put people last,” External link

trinidadexpress Tuesday, February 18, 2020 6:01:00 AM EAT

Watson Duke responded : “I could look her in the eyes, in the head, in any part of the body, even though she is not that attractive” External link

trinidadexpress Saturday, February 1, 2020 4:08:00 PM EAT

Watson Duke said : “I don’t like her and she don’t like me. And this goes back to 2007 when I used to work at WASA under her, as a chairperson of the section. And she fought me and I fought back and I won and I become the (PSA) president. To this day she can’t look me in the eyes,” External link

trinidadexpress Saturday, February 1, 2020 4:08:00 PM EAT

Watson Duke said : “I’ll give him a chance to clarify the sick joke that he has made. I want to tell him and those like him, that Tobago’s annual financial supply by Trinidad is but a mere expectation of what we require to run Tobago. Tobago is undeveloped and we require more money to develop Tobago,” External link

newsday-tt Monday, December 23, 2019 11:40:00 PM EAT

Watson Duke said : “That money is life for us. It’s every single thing. It’s medication. It’s gas,” External link

cnc3 Thursday, December 19, 2019 2:04:00 AM EAT

Watson Duke said ( about Kelvin Charles ) : “I think they should be fair and respect the contributions Kelvin Charles made as a Chief Secretary. The man is pretty young. I don’t know why they trying are to rush him out of office,” External link

cnc3 Saturday, November 23, 2019 12:23:00 AM EAT

Watson Duke said : "The only regret I have is that the word—use of the word—is being misunderstood by a number of voters and maybe a few supporters because the word has been misused and abused," External link

cnc3 Tuesday, November 12, 2019 7:33:00 PM EAT

Watson Duke said : "What about the public servants? They continue to leave us out. The PM goes on the radio and says they are lazy; they are good for nothing. The PNM continues to beat us with whips on our back," External link

cnc3 Tuesday, November 12, 2019 7:33:00 PM EAT

Watson Duke said : “If you do not speak to this matter between now and December, I am asking all ni**ers, all black people like myself, and watch me good, meh well black, not to support the PNM. Do not do it,” External link

trinidadexpress Tuesday, November 12, 2019 5:45:00 PM EAT

Watson Duke said : “The Minister of Finance says hold on, he has something to go to Cabinet, he’s going to present it to us. And so we waited all of May, all of June, all of August and we got nothing. Then we were told to wait until the budget, we are going to hear something,” External link

trinidadexpress Tuesday, November 12, 2019 5:45:00 PM EAT

Watson Duke said : “I could have hugged the man and kissed him because I believed he was going somewhere,” External link

trinidadexpress Tuesday, November 12, 2019 5:45:00 PM EAT

Watson Duke warned : “But I will make sure that you pay that money before elections come. And don't call no single digit, we want double digit. And we want the higher figure. We want 16 per cent. Sixteen per cent was given to minimum wage,so we are asking for a minimum living wage, which is different from the minimum wage. A minimum living wage, according to the CPO (chief personnel officer) is that which places an employee’s salary where 30 per cent of his salary can pay for a decent place of rest, whether it be a mortgage or rent” External link

trinidadexpress Tuesday, November 12, 2019 5:45:00 PM EAT

Watson Duke saying : “the day will come for us in WASA, (when) we are prepared to die and the morgue will be picking up people” External link

trinidadexpress Sunday, September 8, 2019 4:08:00 AM EAT

Watson Duke said : “This is your belief, folks, this is your family and I am sending the message clear, let Rowley them know that the day they come for us in WASA, we are prepared to die and the morgue would be picking up people” External link

trinidadexpress Tuesday, September 3, 2019 5:49:00 AM EAT

Watson Duke said : “There is a law they are going to amend just now called Recruiting of Workers act. It is an important act. The act will see our Venezuelan brothers and sisters choreographed and placed into groups under recruitment agencies,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, June 23, 2019 8:26:00 PM EAT

Watson Duke said : “Monday is a holiday for justice – a justice holiday,” External link

newsday-tt Wednesday, March 13, 2019 7:33:00 AM EAT

Watson Duke said : “They are sending workers home, saying the Judiciary is not working up to standard,” External link

newsday-tt Wednesday, March 13, 2019 7:33:00 AM EAT

Watson Duke said : “It was monies for working in hazardous conditions within a particular period. It’s a buyout. Management having agreed to that, in principle, would have changed their position in writing to us and stated that only certain selected positions would be paid,” External link

trinidadexpress Tuesday, February 12, 2019 7:28:00 PM EAT

Watson Duke said : “The workers have been told that they can visit the doctor because they are not looking good, and the last time I went to the doctor and was under stress, the doctor gave me two weeks,” External link

trinidadexpress Tuesday, February 12, 2019 7:28:00 PM EAT

Watson Duke told : “We hope that you can advocate for our right to self-determination, the right to operate as we were before,” External link

newsday-tt Monday, February 4, 2019 6:47:00 AM EAT

Watson Duke said : “That was the start of the genesis of the bacchanal,” External link

newsday-tt Wednesday, January 30, 2019 8:06:00 AM EAT

Watson Duke said : “We asked her to give us whatever information that she has so that we could leave peacefully. "She stood up, slammed down her book and said she is not prepared to give any information under these circumstances. "What circumstances? She wants some of our people to leave the room while she must have 100 per cent of her people in her room?” External link

newsday-tt Wednesday, January 30, 2019 8:06:00 AM EAT

Watson Duke said : “I turned away and I looked back and I saw the entire place in a disarray,” External link

newsday-tt Wednesday, January 30, 2019 8:06:00 AM EAT

Watson Duke said : “That’s assault. Right now the lady is in hospital getting her medical papers and the PSA will spend money by an attorney to treat with that,” External link

trinidadexpress Tuesday, January 29, 2019 11:21:00 PM EAT

Watson Duke said : “They have not even contested nor won a seat nor represent people. Whom do they represent? Nobody!” External link

cnc3 Thursday, January 24, 2019 1:33:00 PM EAT

Watson Duke said : “I am responsible for preventing the wetlands, the Ramsar site from being destroyed by Sandals, the THA and the executive of the Government. I’m responsible for joining with environmentalists, with fishermen to stop that. I am also responsible for joining with the average rank and file of Tobago to ensure that the jobs that are coming to us are dignified jobs, not the jobs of a bell boy, water-fetching nature,” External link

trinidadexpress Friday, January 18, 2019 6:02:00 AM EAT

Watson Duke said : “Thank you Mr. CEO (Sandals CEO Gebhard Rainer), thank you Butch Stewart (Sandals founder), is my reaction to that. Tobago says thanks for pulling out and for saving our wetlands, from turning our people on the island into bell boys and bell girls and water fetchers. It’s a good sign and we say thanks to them for doing that,” External link

trinidadexpress Wednesday, January 16, 2019 12:32:00 AM EAT

Watson Duke said : “Wait until the Progressive Democratic Patriots have been elected into Government in the THA and then come across. We will negotiate. Because Tobagonians are saying we need maybe a five star hotel on the island and maybe Butch Stewart’s expertise, but we need to get it right,” “But the way you have been operating with the Prime Minister, definitely he cannot get it right and the project is just not right for Tobago at this point in time,” External link

trinidadexpress Wednesday, January 16, 2019 12:32:00 AM EAT

Watson Duke alleged : “How does he account for the THA in Tobago spending money without rhyme or reason?” External link

newsday-tt Wednesday, January 9, 2019 9:15:00 AM EAT

Watson Duke said : “Come on, you don’t love Tobago that much. We want to find out the real secret behind that utterance; whether there is some kickback, whether we’ll get value for money. There is lots of talk about Sandals… we in this country, we want value for money, we don’t want old talk, don’t engage us in this silly season too early, wait until you call the elections to engage us, we would then rightly place your words where it should be,” External link

newsday-tt Wednesday, January 9, 2019 7:29:00 AM EAT

Watson Duke contended : “That’s talk, and certain circles refer to that as political rubber talk, political picong” External link

newsday-tt Wednesday, January 9, 2019 7:29:00 AM EAT

Watson Duke said ( about Rohan Sinanan ) : “I want to ask (Transport) Minister (Rohan) Sinanan that he be reasonable in his approach in enforcing the law. These are law-abiding citizens who wish to obey the law but due to the fact there are limited stations that certify vehicles, they are without luck,” External link

newsday-tt Monday, January 7, 2019 6:56:00 AM EAT

Watson Duke said : "Here comes the threat on the eve of Christmas in the parliament of our country under the Miscellaneous provisions Bill 2018 that says if I only suspect you tipping off someone...if I suspect you disclosing information or engaging money laundering, you shall be charged. Not five dollars. Not ten dollars. But ten million dollars and ten years in jail. Folks to me it is a government that has gone mad," External link

tv6tnt Friday, December 14, 2018 9:31:00 PM EAT

Watson Duke said : “While we met and agreed on good faith tthe CDA would have acted in bad faith once our backs were turned. We are not going to talk, but act. You can expect legal action will follow. We are concerned with the manner in which CDA has been sending workers home,” External link

Triniad-guardian Monday, October 30, 2017 5:35:00 AM EAT

Watson Duke said : “So in substance, what he’s saying to us the public servants and public officers is that if you are not paid it’s not the Government fault, it is the fault of your accounting unit. But isn’t your accounting unit working? Yes. They would have quantified what was owed to you long time,” External link

trinidadexpress Wednesday, March 8, 2017 3:38:00 PM EAT

Watson Duke said : “Before you calculate (arrears) you would have requested from the accounting department what the figures are. Those figures should have been audited already. We don’t want to hear no hogwash. We want to hear that come March 31 the money is paid,” External link

trinidadexpress Wednesday, March 8, 2017 3:38:00 PM EAT

Watson Duke said : “We want all of the back pay arrears and there will be zero tolerance on that. We want to hear no excuse whatsoever. None,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, March 7, 2017 3:55:00 AM EAT

Watson Duke said : “This morning I am part of one of the oldest Jouvert bands in the east, No Behaviour Crew, is over eight years and counting,” External link

trinidadexpress Tuesday, February 28, 2017 7:53:00 AM EAT

Watson Duke said : "The usual post-election motorcade would not have allowed us that opportunity to say thanks up close, personal and direct as we would have just been driving ... in the villages," External link

Triniad-guardian Monday, February 13, 2017 10:20:00 PM EAT

Watson Duke said : “We are prepared to create community policing to work with the Community Comfort patrols to ensure that every child, every family and every village is protected, none will be left behind. Very soon and after thorough consultation, we would announce a crime march in Tobago and that would be the beginning of the end of this false PNM THA administration, who is only intent was to win and now that they have won they don’t care, but we would ensure that the voice of the minority or the majority is heard through us in that Chamber,” External link

newsday-tt Sunday, February 12, 2017 8:49:00 AM EAT

Watson Duke said : “We have documentary evidence that there is someone on the board of Port Authority of Trinidad and Tobago that are playing games, they do not want the super-fast Galicia to service the people of Tobago,” External link

newsday-tt Saturday, February 4, 2017 8:37:00 AM EAT

Watson Duke said : “The superfast Galicia falls under the ambit of the Tobago House of Assembly (THA), under the fifth schedule, under number 16 which says Tobago is responsible for both air and sea transportation...then Tobago must have a say. Otherwise, we will be leaving here and seeking a new relationship with Grenada, Barbados, St Vincent,” External link

newsday-tt Saturday, February 4, 2017 8:37:00 AM EAT

Watson Duke said : “It irks me to see the Prime Minister frolicking at a Carnival party when crime is on the increase,” External link

newsday-tt Tuesday, January 31, 2017 8:44:00 AM EAT

Watson Duke said : “I think staying away from parties will send a message to the 1.5 million people of this nation that the Prime Minister is taking crime seriously,” External link

trinidadexpress Tuesday, January 31, 2017 6:09:00 AM EAT

Watson Duke said : “Based on a scientific study done and data gathered, crime would be a top priority, because crime affects every single thing, it affects tourism, it affects agriculture, it affects education, it affects health,” “For the year we already have two gun-related murders and about six shootings, so we would really want to see the plan of the PNM and see if we can bolster that plan with some ideas of our own, because as you know during the campaign we have been out there garnering views from all the persons and we developed a mandate. We have a perspective on crime, so if we are able to unify and harness the ideas together, we would be able to come up with a good crime plan” External link

Triniad-guardian Friday, January 27, 2017 1:07:00 PM EAT

Watson Duke said : “Crime affects everyone and every single thing,” “It affects tourism, it affects agriculture, it affects education, it affects health and, for the year, we already have two gun-related murders and about six shootings. So we would really want to see a plan of the PNM (People’s National Movement) and see if we can ballast to that plan some ideas of our own” External link

newsday-tt Friday, January 27, 2017 9:11:00 AM EAT

Watson Duke said : “Well the THA Act doesn’t provide for an Assemblyman to be a full-time officer. As you know, it’s a part-time officer, just as an MP, all right? And so what they give is a stipend and not even a salary per se. So I expect that my work will continue at the PSA, but I will also continue to lead the revolution in Tobago,” External link

trinidadexpress Wednesday, January 25, 2017 7:03:00 AM EAT

Watson Duke said : “We are fully confident of victory in at least seven seats,” “We are still working on five more seats to make the 12 because we need to balance the curse the PNM has placed upon Tobago over the last 16 years,” External link

newsday-tt Wednesday, January 4, 2017 9:23:00 AM EAT

Watson Duke said : “Based on the rules of the TRHA (Tobago Regional Health Authority), every Friday between 11am and 4pm, a pathologist is supposed to be here but that has not happened for a couple Fridays,” “These families were further incensed when they got a call to take their families to Trinidad for the autopsies and bring them back. We are already going to Trinidad for food items, school books, clothes, ID cards, every living thing, now they telling us when they die take them to Trinidad and bring them back” External link

newsday-tt Thursday, December 29, 2016 9:11:00 AM EAT

Watson Duke said : “We are asking that these elections be conducted with the highest level of responsibility by the Government of this country, therefore invite the Caricom group, it is not too late,” “It (the election) must be free and it must be fair and no one must be forced into giving any vote that they are not willing to give,” External link

newsday-tt Thursday, December 22, 2016 9:31:00 AM EAT

Watson Duke contended : “They intend to bribe people, they intend to bully people, they intend to pull down persons’ flyers and deface people’s marks of identification for the party so as to bring about a type of unrest in Tobago and turn people away from the polls,” External link

newsday-tt Thursday, December 22, 2016 9:31:00 AM EAT

Watson Duke said : “They have a right to choose who they want to represent them, and those who are in charge have a right to listen to these people. Here what I am saying here this morning is if they do not get who they want, they can come by the PDP,” External link

trinidadexpress Wednesday, November 30, 2016 5:51:00 AM EAT

Watson Duke said ( about Colm Imbert ) : “We have evidence of rats in the building. Several people had failed the tests. I have the results here where their respiratory system was compromised. They have complained vehemently to management regarding their health challenges,” “We are calling upon them to do a thorough investigation. We are calling upon Imbert to refrain from spewing falsehoods. We are pleading with him to take the health of workers seriously,” External link

trinidadexpress Thursday, November 17, 2016 5:45:00 AM EAT

Watson Duke told : “Today our journey down there would have proven that we stand on good ground when we say the building compromises the health of workers because we met a worker there, an aged woman, who would have contributed more than 20 years of her employment there. She said the doctor found fungus growing in her face and she had reports to prove that. We also have the report of a woman whose spirometric test (lung function test) failed and she has not stopped experiencing spotting. She experiences dizzy spells and sometimes she faints on the job,” External link

trinidadexpress Tuesday, November 8, 2016 6:06:00 AM EAT

Watson Duke said : “What incensed the PSA and made us somewhat disappointed was the fact that among all the workers that ever complained of health and safety issues, the BIR workers and the Treasury workers were among the only workers who would have received a full industrial medical exam via the Government. We are to report also that several of those reports would have shown that in excess of 20 persons, and that's only a moderate figure, it could be 100 or more, suffering from a failed spirometric test. That means when they checked their respiratory system it failed,” External link

trinidadexpress Tuesday, November 8, 2016 6:06:00 AM EAT

Watson Duke said : “The end date for the completion of such building has been moved no less than six times, the last date being December of this year being moved to June of next year,” External link

trinidadexpress Tuesday, November 8, 2016 6:06:00 AM EAT

Watson Duke said : “We are now saying there will be zero, zero, zero tolerance where health and safety is concerned,” External link

Triniad-guardian Tuesday, November 8, 2016 4:39:00 AM EAT

Watson Duke said : “To me it is the most insipid statement I have ever heard,” External link

Triniad-guardian Tuesday, November 8, 2016 4:39:00 AM EAT

Watson Duke told : “The PSA would have received a call from a member of staff from the BIR Trinidad House complaining of rat infestation in the building, which has been marked by droppings and certain pieces of equipment that was shredded by the rats,” External link

trinidadexpress Tuesday, November 8, 2016 2:19:00 AM EAT

Watson Duke said : “Today our journey down there would have proven that we stand on good ground when we say the building compromises the health of workers because we met a worker there, an aged woman, who would have contributed more than 20 years of her employment there. She said the doctor found fungus growing up in her face and she had reports to prove that. We also have the report of a woman whose spirometric test (lung function test) failed and she has not stopped experiencing spotting. She experiences dizzy spells and sometimes she faints on the job,” External link

trinidadexpress Tuesday, November 8, 2016 2:19:00 AM EAT

Watson Duke said : “It is high time the Minister of Finance put its house in order. We are saying that there will be zero, zero, zero tolerance where health and safety is concerned,” External link

trinidadexpress Tuesday, November 8, 2016 2:19:00 AM EAT

Watson Duke said : “We have been hearing that as a recurring decimal for the last three months. For the last six years they have been told they (HDC) are dealing with it. One of the retirees told me she has to spend thousands of dollars when the month come to buy medication. How long can she continue to lean on her grandchildren and family for assistance, it is sad,” External link

newsday-tt Tuesday, October 11, 2016 9:11:00 AM EAT

Watson Duke said : “We are hopeful that the issues will be resolved so that there would not be any crisis or any perception of crisis,” External link

Triniad-guardian Friday, September 23, 2016 1:57:00 PM EAT

Watson Duke told : “This is simply workers saying we want our issues to be taken seriously where health and safety is concerned,” External link

newsday-tt Friday, September 23, 2016 8:29:00 AM EAT

Watson Duke said : “Tonight (last night) the union met the management in a crisis talks in an effort to work with management to keep WASA afloat because of months of neglect by the management to the workers, in so far as providing requisite protective clothing and endangering the lives of the workers by neglect,” External link

antiguaobserver Thursday, September 22, 2016 7:06:00 PM EAT

Watson Duke said : “WASA has shut itself down. It has nothing to do with the workers and the union, it has everything to do with the management,” “They have failed to supply the workers with the adequate clothing and devices to protect their health. People are dying on the job and persons are being pursued on the job by strange people. This is too much for the workers to bear” External link

antiguaobserver Thursday, September 22, 2016 7:06:00 PM EAT

Watson Duke said : “Tonight (last night) the union met the management in a crisis talks in an effort to work with management to keep WASA afloat because of months of neglect by the management to the workers, in so far as providing requisite protective clothing and endangering the lives of the workers by neglect,” External link

Triniad-guardian Thursday, September 22, 2016 2:36:00 PM EAT

Watson Duke said : “WASA has shut itself down. It has nothing to do with the workers and the union, it has everything to do with the management,” “They have failed to supply the workers with the adequate clothing and devices to protect their health. People are dying on the job and persons are being pursued on the job by strange people. This is too much for the workers to bear” External link

Triniad-guardian Thursday, September 22, 2016 2:36:00 PM EAT

Watson Duke said ( about Brian Lara ) : “Persons are asked to stay at home to pray and fast or they can go to work to pray and fast or join us on the Brian Lara Promenade to pray and fast,” “Discussions among us lead us to believe that workers are contemplating their future, whether it makes sense to continue working for money that is being devalued on a day to day basis” External link

newsday-tt Saturday, August 27, 2016 9:06:00 AM EAT

Watson Duke said : “Today these workers are saying one thing. They want all of their money right now. If yuh see meh lips looking white, it’s because is hungry ah hungry. He has taken us on a wild goose chase. In November...no money; in December... no money. He say he looking for a loan in March...no money,” External link

newsday-tt Saturday, July 2, 2016 8:25:00 AM EAT



Key Titles and Phrases Count Lang Last Seen
leader30.00%EN10/26/201726/10/2017
president36.25%EN09/30/201730/09/2017
public services association president6.25%EN08/29/201729/08/2017
services association president6.25%EN08/29/201729/08/2017
service association president1.25%EN08/05/201705/08/2017
public service association president1.25%EN08/05/201705/08/2017
psa president13.75%EN07/11/201711/07/2017
minister1.25%EN02/01/201701/02/2017
head1.25%EN01/25/201725/01/2017
progressive democratic party leader1.25%EN01/23/201723/01/2017
union leader1.25%EN01/19/201719/01/2017
Names Lang Count
Watson DukeEN100.00%


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Ian Murray said ( about Watson Duke ) : “The general council did not approve those payments to Mr Duke. That payment is due to all officers if they so choose who would have served the public service, all past officers that would have served in the PSA would have collected that money if they so choose of the treasury of their respective pension accounts,” External link

cnc3 Monday, March 22, 2021 3:30:00 AM EAT

Tracy Davidson Celestine added ( about Watson Duke ) : “His recent statements also indicate that he now wishes to go back to the house to do something that we have not succeeded in doing up to this point. Duke must understand that if we don’t operate within the mechanism afforded to us, that the THA operations will be brought into chaos” External link

cnc3 Monday, March 22, 2021 2:29:00 AM EAT

Tracy Davidson Celestine stated ( about Watson Duke ) : “At this point in time we have a Chief Secretary, a deputy Chief Secretary and four other functioning members of the Executive Council and we have been running the administration of Tobago since January 25. So Watson Duke cannot act as if he has the upper hand in this particular situation and if it is that he has put a position on the table, then I don’t know that you can start to take the discussion out in the public domain without giving us the opportunity to look at that proposal and come back with a position,” External link

trinidadexpress Saturday, March 6, 2021 6:36:00 AM EAT

Ian Murray said ( about Watson Duke ) : “Watson Duke would be back as president of the union for the next four years because of the mishaps and it’s very unfortunate,” External link

trinidadexpress Wednesday, December 16, 2020 12:22:00 AM EAT