Ex-Petrotrin workers protest over severance

Monday, December 17, 2018 - 10:15

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.