Petrotrin breached IRA over workers' terminations

The Oil­fields Work­ers' Trade Union on Mon­day se­cured a vic­to­ry in the In­dus­tri­al Court but the clo­sure of Petrotrin will pro­ceed as planned.

The court ruled that Petrotrin had breached the In­dus­tri­al Re­la­tions Act by fail­ing to con­sult the union be­fore mak­ing the de­ci­sion to close the re­fin­ery.

Mem­ber of the In­dus­tri­al Court Al­bert Ab­erdeen said the In­dus­tri­al Court can­not grant the or­der to cease the ter­mi­na­tion of work­ers.

Petrotrin and OW­TU, how­ev­er, have been or­dered to meet from Tues­day.

Petrotrin's has ap­pealed the rul­ing.

- by Peter Christopher

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