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