Retrenched Petrotrin workers staged a protest outaside the company's Pointe-a-Pierre facilities this morning demanding payment of severance, backpay and other benefits.
Police officers and soldiers stood guard in front of the locked gates of the facility and gas tankers were rerouted to another entrance as about 100 former workers blocked the gate
Oilfield Workers' Trade Union (OWTU) Pointe a Pierre branch president Christopher Jackman said about 1000 former permenant and casual workers were promised payments by last Friday.
However, they have told by an official from Petrotrin Legacy that due to limited manpower they cannot say when the monies will be paid.
Jackman said the former workers are frustrated and angry and don't know how they are going to support themselves and their families.
More than 4000 employees were laid off when Petrotrin closed down on november 30.
The stated owned eenrgy company has been replaced by Paria Fuel Trading Company, Heritage Petroleum Company Limited, Guaracara Refinery Company and Trinidad Petroleum Holding Limited.