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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. 

Kamla promises to create 50,000 jobs

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.

20 CDC workers suspended

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.

Six HDC procurement officers sent home

The Hous­ing De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (HDC) fired six pro­cure­ment and con­tract as­sis­tants in or­der to “out­source” their jobs to a sin­gle yet un­named con­sul­tant.

Among those dis­missed is Car­rie-Ann More­au, the woman at the cen­tre of the sex­u­al mis­con­duct al­le­ga­tions made against for­mer sport min­is­ter Dar­ryl Smith.

The oth­er of­fi­cers are Camille Le Gen­dre, Al­lan Gour, Lisa Shar­ma, Abi­o­la Clarence and Af­ta Jem­mot-Bharath, ac­cord­ing to doc­u­ments ob­tained by Guardian Me­dia.

Duke: Judiciary protest, no political stunt

Pub­lic Ser­vice As­so­ci­a­tion (PSA) pres­i­dent Wat­son Duke is call­ing on Ju­di­cia­ry work­ers to con­tin­ue their dai­ly protests against im­pend­ing re­struc­tur­ing with­in the or­gan­i­sa­tion, over the next four months.

Ad­dress­ing a hand­ful of work­ers, who gath­ered in front of the Hall of Jus­tice in Port-of-Spain around mid­day on Mon­day, Duke called on them to gath­er for a short group prayer ses­sion every hour be­tween 9 am and 2 pm.

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