Roget rejects Petrotrin termination: "I'm still an employee"

Oil­fields Work­ers’ Trade Union pres­i­dent gen­er­al An­cel Ro­get says he does not ac­cept be­ing re­trenched by state-owned Petrotrin and as far as he is con­cerned he re­mains an em­ploy­ee of the com­pa­ny.

In an in­ter­view with the Guardian Me­dia mo­ments ago, Ro­get con­firmed re­ceiv­ing his re­trench­ment let­ter last week but said it was hand-de­liv­ered to his of­fice at the OW­TU’s Para­mount Build­ing and nev­er giv­en to him per­son­al­ly.

“I re­main an em­ploy­ee of Petrotrin who is on sec­ond­ment to the OW­TU. I re­ject the re­trench­ment no­tice and up­on get­ting the let­ter I im­me­di­ate­ly sent it to my at­tor­neys at Chancery Cham­bers so they can see if it’s of ev­i­den­tial val­ue,” Ro­get said.

Asked how he could con­sid­er him­self still em­ployed if he has be­ing re­trenched along with the rest for the Petrotrin work­ers, Ro­get said he con­sid­ers the ac­tion il­le­gal and there­fore in his mind he re­mains em­ployed.

Asked the size of the ben­e­fit pack­age he will re­ceive, Ro­get said, “Ob­vi­ous­ly I have worked with the com­pa­ny for forty years and there­fore peo­ple in my cat­e­go­ry will get more than most be­cause of the length of time we have been there and in keep­ing with the col­lec­tive agree­ment.”

He added, “I worked first at Point-a-Pierre and then moved to Trin­mar where I have been em­ployed since 1982, so I am a long-stand­ing em­ploy­ee of the com­pa­ny.”

Ro­get ad­mit­ted that there were a num­ber of for­mer em­ploy­ees who ac­cept­ed the let­ters but in­sist­ed he was not one of them.

He said the OW­TU gen­er­al sec­re­tary Richard Lee has al­so been served re­trench­ment no­tice.

- by Curtis Williams

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