labour

CWU plans protest over TSTT job cuts

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.

Roget tells Petrotrin workers don't take letters

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 terminations

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.

OWTU queries Colm’s Petrotrin figures, claims

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.

Job cuts hover over TSTT

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.

Petrotrin workers get termination letters

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.

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