SWWTU to protest at Angostura for removal of chairman amid sexual harassment allegations

Tuesday, January 10, 2017 - 05:15

The Seamen and Waterfront Workers Trade Union (SWWTU) will protest outside the head office of Angostura today, demanding that the company's chairman Dr Rolph Balgobin steps down amid allegations of sexual harassment.

It will be supported by the National Trade Union Centre (NATUC).

A statement issued by NATUC says:

"At a meeting of the NATUC held on Thursday January 6, 2017, a report was tabled by the President of the SWWTU, (also General Secretary of the NATUC) in which  the SWWTU was seeking NATUC's support regarding the case of Rolph Balgobin, Chairman of  Angostura Holdings Limited.

"The NATUC supports the view of the SWWTU that the Mr. Balgobin should step down pending investigations into the allegations of sexual harassment filed against him by a senior female executive of Angostura Holdings Limited. The SWWTU believes that transparency and accountability go hand in hand and should be of high relevance for any company or organisation. We believe that until these allegations are refuted, it would be principled on the part of Mr. Balgobin to vacate the position of Chairman.
"In this respect the SWWTU, with the support of the NATUC, will be holding a protest demonstration outside the head offices of Angostura, Eastern Main Road, Laventille, TODAY, January 10th, beginning at 11 am sharp."

The board of Angostura said Monday that the whistle-blower complaint against Balgobin has not been investigated.

Balgobin was appointed by the Government in May 2016.

The whistle-blower complaint, along with a polygraph to substantiate the claim, was submitted to the Audit Committee of Angostura for investigation in November 2016.

A police report of sexual harassment was also made at the Morvant Police Station that same month.

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