Petrotrin workers get termination letters

As many Petrotrin em­ploy­ees made the jour­ney to Aran­juez, San Juan, to­day to join the Oil­field Work­ers’ Trade Union's Moth­er of All March­es against the com­pa­ny’s plans to re­trench its work­force, the com­pa­ny be­gan dis­trib­ut­ing ter­mi­na­tion let­ters ear­li­er to­day.

The move comes three days be­fore the In­dus­tri­al Court is sched­uled to re­ceive the union's ap­pli­ca­tion of an in­junc­tion to halt the re­trench­ment ex­er­cise. It al­so comes as Par­lia­ment de­bates the 2019 na­tion­al Bud­get.

Roget to make "big announcement" after protest march

The third and fi­nal leg of the coun­try's his­toric protest march by the Oil­fields Work­ers’ Trade Union (OW­TU) kicked off a short while ago from Aran­juez, San Juan.

OW­TU pres­i­dent gen­er­al An­cel Ro­get is lead­ing the mas­sive march, dubbed the “Moth­er of all March­es,” which con­sists of thou­sands of com­rades from all the trade unions, in­clud­ing the PSA, FI­TUN, BIG­WU, SWW­TU, TI­WU and CWU.

Tewarie blames low turnout to union march on workers' dejection

Caroni Central MP, Dr Bhoe Tewarie believes Petrotrin workers are feeling dejected and this is why most of them failed to join the trade union movement in its three-day march from Pointe-a-Pierre to Port-of-Spain.

Even though over 4,700 workers are set to lose their jobs by November, only a few hundred people turned up for the Trade union's "monster march" in Central Trinidad on Thursday.

Speaking to the Guardian at a post-budget forum held at the Couva/ Point Lisas Chamber of Commerce seminar yesterday,

OWTU injunction hearing adjourned as State asks for AG to be involved

The Government is attempting to intervene in the Oilfield Workers Trade Union (OWTU)'s application for an injunction stopping Petrotrin from starting the process of terminating workers. 

Lawyers for the State indicated their intention as the application came up for hearing before a five member panel of the Industrial Court, at the court's headquarters in Port-of-Spain, this morning. 

Roget as OWTU march begins: "Get ready to rumble"

“Get ready to rumble”

This was the signal by Oilfields Workers’ Trade Union (OWTU) president general Ancel Roget as he led hundreds of Petrotrin workers on a historic “Mother of All Marches” to save the jobs of 4800 oil workers.

The march started just 30 minutes before the OWTU, led by their attorney Douglas Mendes S.C, was expected to present their case to the Industrial Court to halt Petrotrin’s retrenchment exercise.

OWTU files injunction to stop Petrotrin from sending home workers

The Oilfield Workers Trade Union (OWTU) has filed an injunction in the Industrial Court to stop Petrotrin from dismissing all its workers.

The application was filed by the OWTU's attorneys this morning.

The matter comes up for hearing tomorrow at 10 am.

The matter coincides with a march that the union will begin tomorrow, from San Fernando to Port-of-Spain, to demonstrate against the decision to close the refinery and send home workers.

The company has said that all workers will be sent home on November 30th.