Moonilal unfazed by union

Friday, October 18, 2019 - 21:00

Op­po­si­tion MP Dr Roodal Mooni­lal has said he will not be in­tim­i­dat­ed in­to re­tract­ing cor­rup­tion al­le­ga­tions in the Oil­fields Work­ers’ Trade Union’s ac­qui­si­tion of the Petrotrin re­fin­ery.

His com­ment fol­lowed a re­cent threat by the union to launch a na­tion­al cam­paign against the UNC just weeks away from the lo­cal gov­ern­ment elec­tions.


Speak­ing with Guardian Me­dia yes­ter­day, Dr Mooni­lal said he stood by his claim that Pa­tri­ot­ic En­er­gy and Tech­nolo­gies com­pa­ny lim­it­ed pur­chase of the re­fin­ery lacked trans­paren­cy, how­ev­er, his com­ment was not a frontal at­tack on the union.

“I said it in the par­lia­ment, we are hap­py a lo­cal en­ti­ty par­tic­u­lar­ly a work­er or­ga­ni­za­tion is deemed the pre­ferred bid­der and we are hap­py for that. But we still need to have a trans­par­ent process and it is on that ba­sis we raised our voice.”

Ac­cord­ing to Dr Mooni­lal, in­stead of is­su­ing threats, the OW­TU’s pres­i­dent gen­er­al should clear the air on the sale of the re­fin­ery.

He said, “I think Mr Ro­get should spend time telling us of the ten cri­te­ria the gov­ern­ment has placed on the agen­da, how much they have been able to sat­is­fy be­fore De­cem­ber. I don’t take rub­ber talk eas­i­ly, I think we should go be­yond that and get to the is­sue, this is an is­sue of a re­fin­ery the tax­pay­er has pumped 11.6 bil­lion TT dol­lars.

 - by Jesse Ramdeo