TSTT manager reports CWU officers to police

TSTT’s Executive Vice President HR, IR and Corporate Support Services Carol David yesterday made a report to police after members of the Communications Workers Union (CWU) showed up at her Savannah Drive home in Trincity, yesterday.

Graeme Suite, TSTT's senior manager, Brand, Public Relations and External Affairs, yesterday confirmed that a report was made to the police after some 20 CWU members showed up at David's home to protest.

A media release from TSTT claimed that the workers barricaded David in the "yard of her her private residence to conduct their nefarious activities".

'TSTT is taking very strong objection to members of the CWU executive for their reprehensible conduct this morning at the home of TSTT’s Executive Vice President HR, IR and Corporate Support Services Carol David. In their misguided attempt to provide responsible representation of their members, the CWU resorted to barricading Ms David in the yard."

The union, meanwhile, has denied this. Secretary General of the CWU, Clyde Elder, said the media release sent by TSTT was a ploy to divert attention from the real issue.

The release from TSTT stated that this action came after a meeting last Friday at their St Vincent Street office, in which the CWU verbally abused and threatened David, causing the meeting to come to a premature end.

TSTT said "a report has been made to the police and it is expected that the natural course of justice will ensue". The company said CWU’s action was even more objectionable in light of the fact that they had taken their grievance to the Industrial Court where the matter was being heard.

What the union says:

Meanwhile, Elder has called for a forensic audit of TSTT and the reinstatement of four TSTT employees who were fired on January 11.

Elder said around 6.30 am yesterday, approximately 20 TSTT workers approached David's house.

"We approached the house and David and her son were in the yard and we decided against it. It would be traumatic for a young boy so we turned around and she saw us," he said.

Elder said at that time David spotted the workers and took out pictures of them. He said president of the CWU, Joely Mohammed, also took photos of her and they left. "Nothing else happened," he added.

Source: www.guardian.co.tt (Camille Clarke)

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