[ARANGUEZ, October 10] — Following a preliminary review of the 2019/20 budget statement, the Employers’ Consultative Association of Trinidad and Tobago (ECA) sees this as a reasonable attempt to assuage the relative impact that successive austerity measures may have had on the country, given the recent trends associated with oil and gas prices over the last five (5) years and its relative impact on our country’s ability to earn related revenue.
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.
One hundred and twenty casual and temporary workers employed with the Siparia Regional Corporation (SRC) would be given the axe on Monday.
Chairman of the SRC Dr Glenn Ramadharsingh said the regional body has no choice since there is not enough money in the coffers to pay workers a total of $80,000 in wages for the fortnight.
Ramadharsingh said the CEO of the SRC has prepared the termination letters and would be given to the unfortunate workers on Monday.
Retirees of Petrotrin are planning to protest outside of the now-defunct company's refinery on Wednesday.
A statement from the Oilfield Workers Trade Union (OWTU) says the retirees intend to stage the protest due to what they deem the government's failure to pay retroactive pension and increase for period 2011-2014 and 2014-2017 as mandated by the court.
Petrotrin was shut down in November 2018 and replaced by three companies - Heritage Petroleum Company, Paria Fuel Trading Company and Guaracara Refining Company.
President General of the Oilfields Workers’ Trade Union (OWTU) Ancel Roget will continue for another three years as the union says that a new executive committee has been nominated unopposed for the 2019 – 2022 term.
Those returning to their posts for the new term are;
- Ancel Roget as President General
- Sati Gajadhar-Inniss as 2nd Vice-President
- Marcus Cordner as Vice-President
- Peter Burke as Vice-President
- Richard Lee as General-Secretary
- Chandrasain Ramsingh as Treasurer
- Ozzi Warwick as Trustee.
The National Union of Government & Federated Workers's (NUGFW's) National Executive Council elections will be held on October 28th, when they are constitutionally due.
The election was scheduled to take place today but President General James Lambert said it didn’t take place because the opposing side, Team Shield, served him with a pre-action protocol letter stating that the election was unconstitutionally brought forward.
Lambert said that was incorrect and that his team, Team Faithful, followed all protocols before advancing the date.
Over 200 public servants turned out in the nation's capital on Friday to march through the capital city to protest a number of issues, including protracted delays to settling salary negotiations.
There has been a large turnout of daily rated workers, public servants, employees of WASA, T&TEC, the Port of Spain City Corporation and other municipal bodies, to show solidarity with the National Trade Union Center (NATUC) which organised the demonstration.
PSA President Watson Duke and JTUM President Ancel Roget are among the labour leaders at the front of the march.
The Occupational Safety and Health Authority (OSHA) has launched an investigation into Tuesday's truck explosion which claimed the life of Phillip Ramlochan.
The revelation was made by Minister of Labour Jennifer Baptiste Primus in the Senate on Thursday.
She said the investigation was initiated on Tuesday June 4th.
Baptiste-Primus informed the Senate that this was in keeping with their mandate laid out by the OSH Act to investigate workplace injuries and fatalities.
As the Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar launched her local government election campaign, she promised to create 50,000 jobs if she is re-elected Prime Minister. Reiterating her warning that the Rowley-led Peoples National Movement (PNM) government wants to steal the elections, Persad-Bissessar said the United National Congress (UNC) will not allow it.
The Chaguanas Borough Corporation has suspended home 20 workers that were hired on March 19 by the last CEO of the CBC.
One of the workers said that the suspension takes effect from Friday April 26.
T]he suspension comes after the council of the CBC demanded a report into the procedure for hiring these workers.
Councillors protested on March 19 demanding transparency into the hiring of the 20 workers stating that the council's committee to deal with employment issues was not consulted.