OWTU queries Colm’s Petrotrin figures, claims

How is it that a com­pa­ny like Petrotrin, earn­ing $2 bil­lion a month, needs a “life­line of ur­gency” as Fi­nance Min­is­ter Colm Im­bert claims?

That’s the query from the Oil­fields Work­ers’ Trade Union yes­ter­day, fol­low­ing Im­bert’s de­c­la­ra­tion dur­ing a me­dia brief­ing on Mon­day.

Job cuts hover over TSTT

As many as 2,000 work­ers could be fac­ing the axe as the Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions Ser­vices of Trinidad and To­ba­go (TSTT) re­brands it­self in­to the TSTT Group of Com­pa­nies by No­vem­ber 1.

The com­pa­ny, ac­cord­ing to the rep­re­sent­ing union, the Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Work­ers' Union (CWU), said that num­ber in­clud­ed the 1,600 to 1,700 per­ma­nent work­ers and an ad­di­tion­al 200 or so ca­su­al and tem­po­rary work­ers.

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.