Petrotrin breached IRA over workers' terminations

The Oil­fields Work­ers' Trade Union on Mon­day se­cured a vic­to­ry in the In­dus­tri­al Court but the clo­sure of Petrotrin will pro­ceed as planned.

The court ruled that Petrotrin had breached the In­dus­tri­al Re­la­tions Act by fail­ing to con­sult the union be­fore mak­ing the de­ci­sion to close the re­fin­ery.

Mem­ber of the In­dus­tri­al Court Al­bert Ab­erdeen said the In­dus­tri­al Court can­not grant the or­der to cease the ter­mi­na­tion of work­ers.

Petrotrin and OW­TU, how­ev­er, have been or­dered to meet from Tues­day.

CWU leader retrenched, told today is his last working day

Secretary-General of the Communication Workers' Union (CWU), Clyde Elder is among 503 workers who are to be sent home from TSTT and he is being sent home immediately, with the company offering to pay him off for the 45 days' notice that it has given him.

Elder was served a retrenchment letter today along with the other workers, giving 45 days notice, which takes them to the end of December.

It's official! TSTT serves retrenchment notices to over 500 workers

State-owned TSTT has confirmed that over 500 workers have been given retrenchment notices today.

The company says this will involve both junior and senior staff.

The following is a statement by TSTT today.

"Today, Thursday 15 November, 2018, TSTT executed on a critical phase in its organizational transformation. 

This phase involves 503 Junior and Senior staff employees receiving retrenchment notices along with payment in lieu of the 45 days’ notice. 

Over 100 TSTT workers to be sent home

Over 100 work­ers are ex­pect­ed to be sent home as the Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions Ser­vices of Trinidad and To­ba­go (TSTT) be­gins the im­ple­men­ta­tion of its “new struc­ture.”

Con­fir­ma­tion of the move came via a let­ter from the com­pa­ny to the Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Work­ers’ Union (CWU) on Mon­day.

In the let­ter ad­dressed to CWU sec­re­tary gen­er­al Clyde El­der, dat­ed No­vem­ber 12, a se­nior TSTT in­dus­tri­al re­la­tions man­ag­er out­lined the changes to the CWU, which were re­port­ed­ly dis­cussed at a meeting on Oc­to­ber 26.

Submissions of evidence end in OWTU vs Petrotrin matter

The submission of evidence in the Oil­field’s Work­ers Trade Union’s in­dus­tri­al re­la­tions of­fence com­plaint against Petrotrin came to a close this morning.

The cross-examination of the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Finance Vishnu Dhanpaul concluded with senior counsel Douglas Mendes, who is representing the OWTU, attempting to ascertain just when a government guarantee for an outstanding loan of USD $850m was granted to Petrotrin.

OWTU matter postponed for today as judge falls ill

The second hearing of the Oilfield Workers Trade Union (OWTU)'s industrial relations offence over the scheduled closure of Petrotrin has been postponed as an Industrial Court judge fell ill. 

OWTU president general Ancil Roget was expected to return to the witness stand when the case resumed at the Industrial Court's headquarters in Port-of-Spain, this morning. 

Lawyers representing the parties, a large group of union members and members of the media were only informed of the issue after waiting in court for almost an half an hour. 

Roget rejects Petrotrin termination: "I'm still an employee"

Oil­fields Work­ers’ Trade Union pres­i­dent gen­er­al An­cel Ro­get says he does not ac­cept be­ing re­trenched by state-owned Petrotrin and as far as he is con­cerned he re­mains an em­ploy­ee of the com­pa­ny.

In an in­ter­view with the Guardian Me­dia mo­ments ago, Ro­get con­firmed re­ceiv­ing his re­trench­ment let­ter last week but said it was hand-de­liv­ered to his of­fice at the OW­TU’s Para­mount Build­ing and nev­er giv­en to him per­son­al­ly.