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.

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.