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Roget tells Petrotrin workers don't take letters

Oil­fields Work­ers’ Trade Union pres­i­dent gen­er­al An­cel Ro­get is urg­ing Petrotrin work­ers not to ac­cept any ter­mi­na­tion pack­ages from the com­pa­ny un­til an ap­peal of the mat­ter is heard in the Ap­peal Court.

In an ear­ly morn­ing text ex­change with Guardian Me­dia hours af­ter Jus­tice Ap­peal Char­maine Pem­ber­ton blocked the in­junc­tion award­ed to the OW­TU by the In­dus­tri­al Court, Ro­get said he planned to ad­vise the work­ers to not ac­cept any pack­age from the com­pa­ny "while the in­junc­tion ap­peal is be­ing heard."

Petrotrin can resume terminations

Petrotrin can re­sume ter­mi­na­tion of work­ers this morn­ing af­ter a High Court judge halt­ed the in­junc­tion grant­ed to the Oil­fields’ Work­ers Trade Union hours ago.

Jus­tice of Ap­peal Char­maine Pem­ber­ton blocked the in­junc­tion award­ed by the In­dus­tri­al Court around 11.32 last night and fixed the hear­ing to re­sume be­fore a three-mem­ber pan­el of the Ap­peal Court for Oc­to­ber 18.

Lawyers muzzle Petrotrin chairman

Lawyers for Petrotrin im­me­di­ate­ly muz­zled its chair­man Wil­fred Es­pinet af­ter he crit­i­cised the In­dus­tri­al Court dur­ing a ra­dio pro­gramme on Tues­day.

Es­pinet was a call-in guest on i95. 5 FM and was ques­tioned on the rel­e­vance of both an in­dus­tri­al court and a union.

In a tele­phone in­ter­view with Guardian Me­dia af­ter that ra­dio in­ter­view, Es­pinet said that he can no longer speak on the is­sue of the In­dus­tri­al Court or its de­ci­sion as it could be seen as con­tempt of the court.

Job cuts hover over TSTT

As many as 2,000 work­ers could be fac­ing the axe as the Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions Ser­vices of Trinidad and To­ba­go (TSTT) re­brands it­self in­to the TSTT Group of Com­pa­nies by No­vem­ber 1.

The com­pa­ny, ac­cord­ing to the rep­re­sent­ing union, the Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Work­ers' Union (CWU), said that num­ber in­clud­ed the 1,600 to 1,700 per­ma­nent work­ers and an ad­di­tion­al 200 or so ca­su­al and tem­po­rary work­ers.

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