Trade Union FITUN says it supports the Steel Workers' Union of Trinidad and Tobago in their current advocacy for the reopening of Bids for the sale of the Steel Plant in Point Lisas.
The union said, “We wish to declare that we stand in total solidarity with our comrades” The steelworkers protested on Tuesday at the Couva Roundabout in a bid to block the sale of the ArcelorMittal steel plant.
Reports that steel giant ArcelorMittal is shutting down its entire operations here in Trinidad and Tobago and that 650 workers are being sent home with immediate effect.
Union representative Rajkumar Narinesingh told CNC3 that the Steel Workers Union was just informed of this development around 11.30 this morning.
CNC3 has been told that the ArcelorMittal plant in Point Lisas has shut its doors.
The union will host an urgent news conference at its offices in California to address the latest development.
CNC3 has reached out to ArcelorMittal for confirmation.
Workers who were laid off from ArcelorMittal have turned up at the company's offices and up until 8.30 this morning, were waiting for a briefing from company officials.
The action comes despite a statement last week by ArcelorMittal, indicating that there was no agreement for the 1500 workers to return to work today. http://www.cnc3.co.tt/press-release/arcelormittal-clears-air-return-1500...
ArcelorMittal has laid off 480 workers with immediate effect.
Word first broke via a news release from the Steel Workers Union, which stated, "In correspondence to all it workers ArcelorMital lays off all employees with immediate effect, in the first instance from December 7th to January 15th 2016. (Only a few workers are to remain on the plant for maintenance purposes.)"
However the Company is saying that it unsuccessfully attempted to reach agreement with the union. It says because of the global market, it had no other choice but to make this decision.