The Oilfield Workers’ Trade Union (OWTU) has mobilised Petrotrin workers today in a show of force.
It comes as the union signals its intention to oppose any attempt by the government to retrench workers and privatise state-owned Petrotrin.
The mass mobilisation was expected to began at 7 am at Petrotrin’s Trinmar operations in Point Fortin and will continue at the Pointe-a-Pierre refinery on Friday.
On Sunday, Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley stated during a televised address that cash-strapped Petrotrin will be restructured in 2018 as it owed the government $2.75 billion.
President General Ancel Roget said the OWTU was not opposed to restructuring Petrotrin.
He said the union submitted a restructuring plan to government since last year asking for autonomy of all of Petrotrin’s divisions including Trinmar offshore and marine operation, field exploration and production and the refining and marketing division.
He added that instead of firing workers, Petrotrin should be hiring staff as there were over 800 vacancies to be filled.