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.

"As you are aware, a dark cloud of un­cer­tain­ty hov­ers around TSTT and the job se­cu­ri­ty of all work­ers," CWU sec­re­tary gen­er­al Clyde El­der said in the text.

El­der said he would al­so in­di­cate then the union’s next plan of ac­tion.

This protest ac­tion and can­dle­light vig­il come just days af­ter Guardian Me­dia re­port­ed on Mon­day that job cuts were com­ing at TSTT as the com­pa­ny is re­brand­ing it­self as the TSTT Group of Com­pa­nies.

Al­though TSTT de­nied talk­ing to its se­nior man­agers about that de­ci­sion, at least two se­nior em­ploy­ees who at­tend­ed a com­pa­ny meet­ing last Fri­day at the Hy­att Re­gency in Port-of-Spain con­tra­dict­ed the com­pa­ny's state­ment.

The two se­nior man­agers con­firmed to Guardian Me­dia that they were told the com­pa­ny would be split in­to var­i­ous busi­ness di­vi­sions.

On Mon­day, the T&T Guardian re­port­ed that over a thou­sand work­ers could be fac­ing the axe when the com­pa­ny re­brands it­self by No­vem­ber 1, 2018.

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