labour

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.

OWTU queries Colm’s Petrotrin figures, claims

How is it that a com­pa­ny like Petrotrin, earn­ing $2 bil­lion a month, needs a “life­line of ur­gency” as Fi­nance Min­is­ter Colm Im­bert claims?

That’s the query from the Oil­fields Work­ers’ Trade Union yes­ter­day, fol­low­ing Im­bert’s de­c­la­ra­tion dur­ing a me­dia brief­ing on Mon­day.

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.

Petrotrin workers get termination letters

As many Petrotrin em­ploy­ees made the jour­ney to Aran­juez, San Juan, to­day to join the Oil­field Work­ers’ Trade Union's Moth­er of All March­es against the com­pa­ny’s plans to re­trench its work­force, the com­pa­ny be­gan dis­trib­ut­ing ter­mi­na­tion let­ters ear­li­er to­day.

The move comes three days be­fore the In­dus­tri­al Court is sched­uled to re­ceive the union's ap­pli­ca­tion of an in­junc­tion to halt the re­trench­ment ex­er­cise. It al­so comes as Par­lia­ment de­bates the 2019 na­tion­al Bud­get.

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