T&T could feel effects of US shutdown

As the longest-ever gov­ern­ment shut­down in Unit­ed States his­to­ry con­tin­ues, there are warn­ings that T&T and oth­er coun­tries in the Caribbean could be af­fect­ed.

Econ­o­mist Dr Ronald Ramkissoon said the shut­down can cre­ate greater eco­nom­ic un­cer­tain­ty in the re­gion and he is urg­ing this coun­try’s for­eign af­fairs of­fi­cials to pay clos­er at­ten­tion to is­sues which might di­rect­ly af­fect trade and im­mi­gra­tion.

Support growing for Tobago shutdown

President of the Inter-Island Truckers Association Horace Amede says his motion calling for a two day shutdown of Tobago is meant to send a message to the powers that be that “this thing cannot continue.”
Referring to months of disruption on the seabridge, he said: “People are hurting and businesses are closing down.”

The shutdown, details of which are yet to be finalised, is getting support from the Minority Council of the Tobago House of Assembly (THA) and the Public Services Association, both led by Watson Duke.

Petrotrin workers down tools, shut down oil company from tonight

Petrotrin workers have taken a decision to down tool this evening, effectively shutting down the State-owned oil company.

A statement from the Oilfield Workers Trade Union which represents the workers, says Petrotrin workers "have angrily expressed their disgust with Petrotrin's non-response to the security crisis at the various plants".

The statement says that long before the death of Curtis Pierre in one of Petrotrin's oil tanks, the OWTU had been meeting with Petrotrin management calling for a return of adequate security to the various plants. 

Voice notes warn of complete WASA shutdown tonight; PSA president distances himself

A series of voice notes are now circulating warning of a complete shutdown of all WASA plants at 9.30 tonight but PSA President Watson Duke says that is not a decision taken by the union.

The voice notes began circulating just after 10 am today on social media platform WhatsApp, saying talks have broken down.

Two of the voice notes, in particular, referred to health and safety issues impacting Process Plant Operators.