labour

Over 100 TSTT workers to be sent home

Over 100 work­ers are ex­pect­ed to be sent home as the Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions Ser­vices of Trinidad and To­ba­go (TSTT) be­gins the im­ple­men­ta­tion of its “new struc­ture.”

Con­fir­ma­tion of the move came via a let­ter from the com­pa­ny to the Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Work­ers’ Union (CWU) on Mon­day.

In the let­ter ad­dressed to CWU sec­re­tary gen­er­al Clyde El­der, dat­ed No­vem­ber 12, a se­nior TSTT in­dus­tri­al re­la­tions man­ag­er out­lined the changes to the CWU, which were re­port­ed­ly dis­cussed at a meeting on Oc­to­ber 26.

Submissions of evidence end in OWTU vs Petrotrin matter

The submission of evidence in the Oil­field’s Work­ers Trade Union’s in­dus­tri­al re­la­tions of­fence com­plaint against Petrotrin came to a close this morning.

The cross-examination of the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Finance Vishnu Dhanpaul concluded with senior counsel Douglas Mendes, who is representing the OWTU, attempting to ascertain just when a government guarantee for an outstanding loan of USD $850m was granted to Petrotrin.

OWTU matter postponed for today as judge falls ill

The second hearing of the Oilfield Workers Trade Union (OWTU)'s industrial relations offence over the scheduled closure of Petrotrin has been postponed as an Industrial Court judge fell ill. 

OWTU president general Ancil Roget was expected to return to the witness stand when the case resumed at the Industrial Court's headquarters in Port-of-Spain, this morning. 

Lawyers representing the parties, a large group of union members and members of the media were only informed of the issue after waiting in court for almost an half an hour. 

Roget rejects Petrotrin termination: "I'm still an employee"

Oil­fields Work­ers’ Trade Union pres­i­dent gen­er­al An­cel Ro­get says he does not ac­cept be­ing re­trenched by state-owned Petrotrin and as far as he is con­cerned he re­mains an em­ploy­ee of the com­pa­ny.

In an in­ter­view with the Guardian Me­dia mo­ments ago, Ro­get con­firmed re­ceiv­ing his re­trench­ment let­ter last week but said it was hand-de­liv­ered to his of­fice at the OW­TU’s Para­mount Build­ing and nev­er giv­en to him per­son­al­ly.

Roget retrenched

President General of the Oilfields Workers Trade Union Ancel Roget has been retrenched by State Owned Company Petrotrin.

Roget last week quietly received his termination letter from the company, which includes a significant benefit package.

The Trade Union leader has been working at Petrotrin for over thirty years and has kept his job at the company although he has been on secondment to the OWTU.

Roget was employed at Petrotrin’s Trinmar operations as a technician and rose up the ranks to become OWTU Branch President of the Pont Fortin based Trinmar.

CWU plans protest over TSTT job cuts

The Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Work­ers Union (CWU) is hold­ing a can­dle­light vig­il out­side the Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions Ser­vices of T&T’s head of­fice on Ed­ward Street, Port-of-Spain, this evening to coun­ter­act what it says is the "dark cloud" now hang­ing over the com­pa­ny.

In a text ear­li­er to­day, the CWU in­vit­ed mem­bers to at­tend a protest ac­tion from 4 pm to 6 pm and then a can­dle­light vig­il just af­ter from 6 pm to 7 pm.

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.

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