Government to hold hand on job cuts

Government has agreed to put a moratorium on retrenchment in the public sector until December 31.

This was agreed to yesterday by Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley following a three-hour long meeting with the Joint Trade Union Movement (JTUM), led by Oilfield Workers’ Trade Union president general Ancel Roget at the Office of the Prime Minister, St Clair.

Among the trade unions attending the marathon talks with the PM were leaders of the Communications Workers' Union, National Union of Government and Federated Workers and the Public Services Association.

VIDEO: Roget tells BpTT, "Take your platform and go"

OWTU president Ancel Roget says the decision by BpTT to not construct its Angelin platform here is because he believes the company could not get its way with workers.

Labour issues have been partially blamed for the delays that forced BpTT to construct the platform in the US instead.

Roget says the union is not relenting on its decision to protest when the union believes it is acting in the best interest of the workers.

CSO data shows unemployment up in last quarter of 2015

Data from the Central Statistical Office shows an increase in the unemployment rate in the last quarter of 2015.

The following is a statement issued by the CSO today:

"The Central Statistical Office is pleased to announce the release of the Labour Force Bulletin for the 4th Quarter 2015. 

The information contained in this bulletin is based on data collected in the Continuous Sample Survey of Population conducted during the period October-December 2015.