Port workers threaten shut down

Workers at the Port of Port of Spain say they will no longer be putting their lives at risk.

The workers say they have been working with equipment that’s thirty years and more, and that various pieces of equipment have been continuously breaking down

The workers say they will be withholding their labour until they can be guaranteed that all health and safety measures are being observed.

One employee who spoke with Guardian Media told us that vessels, as well as the clearing of containers, will be affected by their actions.



INT'L: EU agrees to Brexit delay, but no date yet

EU ambassadors have agreed to delay Brexit, but will not make a decision on a new deadline date until next week.

The European Commission said work on this would "continue in the coming days".

The talks came after Chancellor Sajid Javid admitted the government's deadline to deliver Brexit next Thursday "can't be met".

Boris Johnson said he was waiting for the EU to decide "what they want to do".

MPs are expected on Monday to consider the prime minister's call for an early general election.

ECA’s Initial Reactions to 2019/20 Budget Statement

[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.

Address by President of the Industrial Court Deborah Thomas-Felix, Consider debilitating effects of violence and harassment at all levels

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.

Siparia Regional Corporation to send home 120 on Monday

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.

Petrotrin retirees to protest Wednesday

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.

Roget gets another term as OWTU President General

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.

NUGFW elections pushed back to October

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.  

NATUC leads march through Port-of-Spain

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.

OSHA launches investigation into fatal explosion

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.