Thomas Letang calls for special forum on Haiti

Letang

General Secretary of the Public Service Union Thomas Letang is calling for the setting up of a special forum to discuss matters affecting Haiti.

Haiti has been plagued by decades of coups, hurricanes, embargos, economic collapse and a recent earthquake that left hundreds of thousands dead.

Letang said CARICOM should show greater commitment to the people of Haiti.

He said Haiti played a significant role in the independence process and should not be abandoned by CARICOM.

“There is a lesson in all of this for us. They are going through economic and political problems and we shouldn’t abandon them. I believe the Caribbean needs to come together and have a special forum where they can decide on how to help Haiti,” he said.

He said Haiti needs to know that Dominica is behind them.

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27 Comments

  1. shy
    August 26, 2011

    Administration ,where is my comment.Everyones opinion counts.I was not being rude , that was my observation.I Guess i touched a nerve, too bad.

  2. Gabriel
    August 26, 2011

    What a hateful, spiteful, selfish generation you have become. Then you expect to be blessed? What happened here in August 29 1979 could happen again or worse, then you will be begging for mercy. Tempt God still You never know, you might end up having to beg Haiti for a place to put your foot down – we have PLENTY volcanoes.

    • 1979
      August 26, 2011

      if public servants had their worth, they would be in a better position to provide assistance or sponsorship for any cause…..but when they have to scrape and try to get blood from stone to provide for their family….because this man is not acting in the capacity he has been assigned. what do you expect my friend???? and empty hand cannot give nothing!!!!…….Mr letang should enable hard working Dominicans to get their dues, to that they would be in the position to help the hatians….do you get it now??? do u understand??????? do you see the perspective?????? or are you void of the capacity to understand english???

      • Gabriel
        August 26, 2011

        Yes. I am void of capacity to understand you. Have you ever heard of the principle of the Widow’s Mite”?

      • 1979
        August 29, 2011

        as I dont claim to know everything please enlighten me

  3. bleeding heart
    August 25, 2011

    I PUT MY LONG BIG X FOR MR HEALTH NOW THEY TRYING HARD TO STARVE ME TO DEATH. CARRY ON

    MR LETANG HATIAN NOW. GOOD

    \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\

  4. bleeding heart
    August 25, 2011

    mr latang i still there with my electrical shock injury,with out a dime from the same govt i vote for. casualty is my refuse when my pain get 10/10, something not even you can tolerate.

    human rights first, i have my student loan to pay for.member or not explain i am a born dominican do you care ?

  5. Born Free
    August 25, 2011

    Mr.Letang, you are so correct that a special forum needs to be held for Haiti. Haitians themselves should recognize that and pursue convening this forum religiously. All the political and NGO leaders of Haiti should get together for this Forum and, if necessary, ask Caricom to assist by providing consultants from a wide section of their human resource base: labour, finance, public works, business, education, etc., etc.

    Maybe you could be seconded to them for at least one year given your concern and empathy for them. BUT, Haitians must take the lead to help themselves. Millions of United States dollars were raised by international agencies for Haiti following the 2010 earthquake there. Those funds can make a real difference if they can get to use them properly and if they reach those who really need help.

  6. Kazakhstan
    August 25, 2011

    We could assist Haiti, Yes…….Forums are mainly big heads coming together spending poor people money..Somebody go to that forum with a designed business plan…..then I could Say that we up to something…all we do is talk and more talk…with no action….act!!!! come up with a plan….

  7. Inquirer
    August 25, 2011

    It should be mandatory that before any foreigner gets citizenship should be able to speak English fluently. Look at the UK for e.g they must do life in the UK test.

    It is a good means the government can use to make money.

    • Malatete
      August 26, 2011

      That may exclude a lot of Dominicans born here too!

  8. Cerberus
    August 25, 2011

    If mr. Letang is addressing this issue in a private capacity I have no problem with it. However, as a union leader I would have thought that he has enough on his plate to tackle the
    problems facing his own members first.

  9. ineedfree
    August 25, 2011

    Letang!

    who is behind the pwc workers.

    What say you about you being behind theworkers getting their pay?

    Update us please. thank you

  10. Me
    August 25, 2011

    It’s very good for you or any other country to comes out in support of Haiti, to try and eradicate all of the problems that are plaguing Haiti. The problem with Haitian, they have to change their behavior its stink, destroy it utterly, my philosophy about that country, because of their attitude! I believed is only God, who can help them, you can pure in billions of dollars into the economy, it still wouldn’t help? The people need to change. I just hope they don’t travel across the Atlantic Ocean with their raft to populate the rest of the Caribbean countries with their ignorant behavior…

    • 1979
      August 25, 2011

      same can be said about Dominicans :mrgreen:

  11. 1979
    August 25, 2011

    YOU ARE NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO CURTIS AUGUSTUS…..
    YOU GET NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO RESULTS….

    I HAVE A SUSPICION THAT YOU ARE IN ON WHATEVER IS BEING PERPETRATED AGAINST UNION MEMBERS…..

  12. papa
    August 25, 2011

    Thomas you and all them Haitian go Haiti you not see caricom do not want to have anything to do with Haiti.

  13. 1979
    August 25, 2011

    YOU HAVE ABANDONED PUBLIC SERVANTS TO SERVE YOUR OTHER MASTERS……NOW YOU TALKING ABOUT CARICOM ABANDONING HAITI???? IS THOSE RUBBISH HERE THAT DOES ENRAGE ME….. WHEN PEOPLE WITH RESPONSIBILITIES TO UPHOLD DO ABSOLUTELY NOTHING BUT RUN THEIR MOUTH….TALKING ..

    • 1979
      August 25, 2011

      Personally sir if you were a man who demanded results from your own specific position of purpose. You would have already won my support for this and any cause u take up. But since u are not that man, u are of no use to any cause, because I for one have no CONFIDENCE in your VOICE.. Which is the cause of me questioning your commitment to the people u serve and thus your integrity.

  14. 1979
    August 25, 2011

    you see that?? YOU SEE HOW people does find 1979 ignorant, here is the head of the PUBLIC SERVICE UNION calling for forum for Haiti, not that I have a problem with Haitian people, they are in fact our Caribbean Brothers. But Sir you are the PREDOMINANT voice for people employed in the PUBLIC SERVICE….WHAT IS THE SITUATION WITH THE PUBLIC WORKS CORPORATION AND THEIR EMPLOYEES WAGES???? YOU MAKE ONE FRACAS AND THEN YOU GO INTO A DEAFENING SILENCE. ARE YOU SERVING TWO MASTERS SIR??? I’M JUST WAITING TO HEAR THE STORY THIS MONTH END HERE THEN ALL YOU WILL HEAR IS MY MOUTH WIDE OPEN TALKING ABOUT YOU. WHILE EVERYBODY SAYING 1979 IS IGNORANT…

    HAH BOY SIR U LUCKY I NOT IN YOUR UNION…..BECAUSE YOU WOULD HAVE TO DIG UP ALL MY UNIONS FEES WHEREVER IT IS…. FOR YOUR BLATANT NON REPRESENTATION!!!!!!!!

  15. possie rush
    August 25, 2011

    Public servants have enough issues for Mr Letang to discuss, does he have interests in Haiti, if so, hand over the mantle to someone who will look into issues affecting public officers, eh eh,

    • Gabriel
      August 26, 2011

      Possie rush, it sounds like you are saying that since you want more than you have in your plate, you should not make an effort to help a man who has no plate. Is that what you mean?

      • possie rush
        August 26, 2011

        No am not saying dat, i believe Haitians have too much plate to eat in, thats their problem and Mr Letang need to do what we public officers paying him to do, he should dedicate his time to public servants issues,not haitians, they have thier representtives

      • 1979
        August 26, 2011

        is this what your interpretation of the persons comment is?? read it ten times more.get the essence of what is being said and then answer my question.

  16. August 25, 2011

    my solution for Haiti is to just blow up the western half of Hispaniola. Voila! Problem solved

    • Some Sense
      August 25, 2011

      Disagreement here…but LURRFF MEH ARSE OUFFFF!!!

      • c.bruce
        August 26, 2011

        SERIOUSLY, I DON’T C WHAT ALL THE NEGATIVITY IS ABOUT? HEH HE HEH HEH

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