SWMCOL workers to protest

One day af­ter 21 work­ers at­tached to the Sol­id Waste Man­age­ment Com­pa­ny’s (SWM­COL) Re­cy­cling Di­vi­sion were re­trenched - ac­cu­sa­tions of cor­rup­tion and fi­nan­cial mis­man­age­ment con­tin­ue to be lev­elled at the Board.

Speak­ing ahead of a sched­uled protest which will com­mence around 12.30 pm out­side the com­pa­ny’s head of­fice along In­de­pen­dence Square, Port-of-Spain to­day - pres­i­dent of the In­dus­tri­al Gen­er­al and San­i­ta­tion Work­ers Union, Robert Be­na­cia lament­ed the plight of the con­tract work­ers who were pre­sent­ed with ter­mi­na­tion let­ters on Sep­tem­ber 20.


He dis­missed the com­pa­ny’s jus­ti­fi­ca­tion that the move was nec­es­sary in or­der to en­sure oth­er per­sons al­so ben­e­fit­ted.

Con­firm­ing the 21 work­ers had been hired on a con­trac­tu­al ba­sis, Be­na­cia ex­plained the group was com­prised main­ly of sin­gle moth­ers who had once again been placed in a dis­ad­van­ta­geous po­si­tion by not be­ing able to pro­vide for their fam­i­lies.

He added, “The work­ers had been em­ployed for the past sev­en to eight months and were in line to be made per­ma­nent, but the com­pa­ny claimed they want to spread the pie so they want to ro­tate work­ers in­stead of cre­at­ing sta­ble jobs for work­ers.”

Be­na­cia said the ac­tion was done with­out any con­sul­ta­tion with the union, and he de­mand­ed an im­me­di­ate re­in­state­ment of the work­ers.

Reporter: Anna-Lisa Paul

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