Since the last opening of the law term there has been several developments internationally which I believe may have direct impact on the workplace globally and in Trinidad and Tobago.
One such development is the new International Labour Organisation’s (ILO) Convention which was adopted in Geneva, Switzerland, in June this year.
Six new members have been appointed to the Industrial Court.
The new members recently received their instruments of appointment from the President of the Industrial Court Deborah Thomas-Felix who welcomed them to the court.
They were also greeted by the chairman of the Essential Services Division Lawrence
Achong who was reappointed as chairman and the court’s executive.
The OWTU has been granted an injunction by the Industrial Court barring Petrotrin from beginning the process of terminating workers.
That is until a substantive complaint brought against the company for allegedly committing an industrial relations offence is determined.
The OWTU is alleging that Petrotrin committed the offence by failing to consult with it before taking the decision to close the company and send home almost 5,000 workers.