Waiting game

Monday, January 9, 2017 - 09:30

Confusion reigns supreme today as it's uncertain whether the OWTU is going to carry out its strike as threatened against state-owned Petrotrin.

Petrotrin workers were told by the union to gather at their respective jobs from 7 this morning in anticipation of further directives from the Union.

However, a 10 am deadline came and went without any directive to strike. That turned into an eleven o’clock deadline which has since turned into an indefinite waiting game.

The ministry of labour was expected to make a statement at 12:30 this afternoon and that too was called off indefinitely.

There are unconfirmed reports that the company and the OWTU have reached an agreement in principle.

Unconfirmed reports suggest that an initial offer 1%-1%-1% made this morning by Petrotrin was rejected and has since been replaced by a new offer of 2%-2%-2% for the negotiating period.

Media personnel, as well as the nation, are waiting with bated breath from the minister of labour as well as the OWTU on what is going to happen, if anything.

This morning, energy consultant Ken Julien and NGC head Gerry Brooks were both seen entering the ministry of labour this morning.