Head of the Communications Workers’ Union (CWU) Clyde Elder was physically removed Wednesday from the Telecommunications Services of Trinidad and Tobago (TSTT) Edward Street, Port-of-Spain office.
Guardian Media understands that Elder was there to meet with workers to deal with their grievances when he was asked to leave the compound.
Elder, in a brief telephone interview moments ago, claimed he was grabbed from behind by a TSTT security guard and thrown out of the building.
TSTT says it is currently investigating the unfortunate circumstances surrounding the incident in which Ulrich John was injured and subsequently succumbed to his injuries.
Investigations are underway into the accidental death of the Aripero man who was killed by a falling utility line on Monday.
According to reports, John was in Rousillac Village visiting his mother around 10 am when disaster struck.
Secretary-General of the Communication Workers' Union (CWU), Clyde Elder is among 503 workers who are to be sent home from TSTT and he is being sent home immediately, with the company offering to pay him off for the 45 days' notice that it has given him.
Elder was served a retrenchment letter today along with the other workers, giving 45 days notice, which takes them to the end of December.
State-owned TSTT has confirmed that over 500 workers have been given retrenchment notices today.
The company says this will involve both junior and senior staff.
The following is a statement by TSTT today.
"Today, Thursday 15 November, 2018, TSTT executed on a critical phase in its organizational transformation.
This phase involves 503 Junior and Senior staff employees receiving retrenchment notices along with payment in lieu of the 45 days’ notice.
Over 100 workers are expected to be sent home as the Telecommunications Services of Trinidad and Tobago (TSTT) begins the implementation of its “new structure.”
Confirmation of the move came via a letter from the company to the Communications Workers’ Union (CWU) on Monday.
In the letter addressed to CWU secretary general Clyde Elder, dated November 12, a senior TSTT industrial relations manager outlined the changes to the CWU, which were reportedly discussed at a meeting on October 26.