Rubinia Joseph is standing her ground, regardless. The embattled president of the Police Welfare Association continues to maintain she has not and will not hand over to a replacement, despite police commissioner Vernon Francois’ directive. Joseph insists the recent election was flawed. She told The STAR she has written to the governor general to intervene.
Speaking from her home on Thursday while on sick leave, Joseph said she did not recognize Cameron Laure as the association’s new president.
“I am holding on to the fact that the act that governs the association was contravened,” she added, “particularly the section which deals with the formation of branch boards.”
Joseph is also calling out police commissioner Vernon Francois: “The commissioner was quite wrong for getting involved in this matter. I believe he is manipulating the process to suit his own purpose. He had no business asking me to hand over the presidency.”
The outspoken Joseph, who recently had her say during the recent custody suites controversy, has also been demanding improved work conditions for police officers. She recently told The STAR she would not support any pay cut for police officers. Neither was she supportive of plans to reduce the size of the force. She met with members on Tuesday to explain her position. She said questions were raised about the election process and this called for a review before any installation of a new president. Instead, Joseph says “certain factions within the RSLPF have thrown their support behind Cameron Laure.”
Laure for his part says Rubinia Joseph cannot be allowed to continue with her recent actions. He serves as Joseph’s supervisor and worked as vice president alongside her in the association. Laure says the business of the Police Welfare Association continues with a duly elected executive spearheading the organization.
On Thursday, sitting as president of the Police Welfare Association, Cameron Laure headed a conference ahead of a meeting with government on Friday. Afterwards he told the media the membership were of the view that there were cost-cutting avenues open to the government other than a 5% wage cut for police officers.
Cameron Laure was scheduled to attend a meeting on Friday with the prime minister and his cabinet to discuss the state of the economy and other matters of national interest. However, Joseph says this will be an illegitimate meeting and she will continue her fight for legitimacy and transparency within the association, “even if it means seeking a judicial review.”