Union

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."

OWTU granted injunction by Industrial Court

The OWTU has been granted an injunction by the Industrial Court barring Petrotrin from be­gin­ning the process of ter­mi­nat­ing work­ers.

That is un­til a sub­stan­tive com­plaint brought against the com­pa­ny for al­leged­ly com­mit­ting an in­dus­tri­al re­la­tions of­fence is de­ter­mined.

The OW­TU is al­leg­ing that Petrotrin com­mit­ted the of­fence by fail­ing to con­sult with it be­fore tak­ing the de­ci­sion to close the com­pa­ny and send home al­most 5,000 work­ers.

Tewarie blames low turnout to union march on workers' dejection

Caroni Central MP, Dr Bhoe Tewarie believes Petrotrin workers are feeling dejected and this is why most of them failed to join the trade union movement in its three-day march from Pointe-a-Pierre to Port-of-Spain.

Even though over 4,700 workers are set to lose their jobs by November, only a few hundred people turned up for the Trade union's "monster march" in Central Trinidad on Thursday.

Speaking to the Guardian at a post-budget forum held at the Couva/ Point Lisas Chamber of Commerce seminar yesterday,

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