On 11th October 2017 Leader of the Opposition addressed hundreds of Union of Members Clubs and Lottery Workers protesting the punitive and primitive gaming taxation budget measures outside the Parliament. These taxation measures will result in massive job losses and the Union is defending its membership right to work. During that address Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar that she would appoint one of the protesters to go before the Senate to voice their concerns.
Since that announcement that Union have tried to make representations and meet the substantial Minister of Finance Colm Imbert in an attempt to persuade him to revisit the repressive, oppressive and regressive taxation measures without any success. As a result of the Union failure to hold direct discussions with Minister Colm Imbert the Union accepted the invitation of the Leader of the Opposition and nominate Vice President of UMCLW Mr. Jabez Joshua Selford Johnson as temporary Senator.
Jabez Joshua Selford Johnson, a , Diego Martin resident, holds a Bachelors in Business Administration (BBA) from the University of New Brunswick, an Associate Degree in Management-General Management Option from Roytec as well as Various Certificates in Management and FIU Compliance.
Mr Johnson has worked in the gaming industry for the past 16 years starting his career at the entry level position of slot attendant and has worked his way up through the ranks. He is presently the General Manager/ Arcade-East Lime Recreation Club. Previously Mr. Johnson served in various capacities in the Gaming Industry. This included Mr. Johnson working as the General Manager/ Club-Club 1 Private Members’ Club with FIU Compliance training and competencies, Club Manager- Ma Pau, Restaurant Manager-Sweet Lime Restaurant and Club Manager/ Slots Manager- Crystal Palace Tobago to name a few. Mr. Johnson has a detailed and comprehensive understanding and appreciation of the Gaming Industry.
The Union is hopeful that the presentation of Mr. Johnson in the Senate will be strong and persuasive in the Senate to convince both the Government and Independent Senators to make changes to the unfair taxation measures which will lead to massive job losses in the gaming industry.