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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.