Hundreds of public servants working in the Judiciary have heeded the Public Service Association (PSA)'s call to stay away from work in protest of the proposed restructuring of the organisation.
The association's "Holiday for Justice" began this morning with the majority of public servants assigned to the country's three High Courts and thirteen Magistrate's Courts not showing up for duty.
Former prime minister Basdeo Panday has been evicted from his Rienzi Complex office.
Mr Panday said that this morning when his secretary arrived at the location, the gates were locked and she was greeted with a big sign saying the Basdeo Panday Foundation was evicted from the premises.
Mr Panday has held an office at Rienzi Complex for more than four decades.
The former prime minister told us he has contacted the police and referred the matter to them.
A confrontation between members of the Public Services Association (PSA) and police today as police were called in to clear a room of PSA workers who turned up for a meeting with the Chief Personnel Officer (CPO).
According to reports, the PSA executive were to meet with the CPO to continue negotiations for the 2013 to 2019 period.
However, the CPO felt that too many people were in the room and walked out, prompting protest action by the PSA members.
The Guard and Emergency Branch of the Police Service were called in and to clear the room.
The 2019 new academic school term may see teachers boycotting classes if the Chief Personnel Officer (CPO) fails to arrive at a reasonable salary negotiation with the T&T Unified Teachers Association (TTUTA).
The warning came yesterday from president of TTUTA Lynsley Doodhai, as primary and secondary schools get set to open its doors next Monday.
On Friday the CPO will meet with TTUTA to discuss salary negotiations for its 15,000 teachers.
Of this figure, TTUTA represents 11,500 teachers.
The PTSC is apologising to commuters who were affected by the unavailable South Route bus services this morning.
In a statement issued today, the PSTC blames the union.
"It is unfortunate that Union Officials advised Drivers not to operate buses without inspection certificates being displayed on the bus, as not all southern buses had copies of the certificates displayed and this has since been addressed," it said.
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.
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.
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.