JTUM to stage 3-day protest march

The Joint Trade Union Move­ment will match for three days in an at­tempt to con­vince Gov­ern­ment to change their minds on the clo­sure of the Petrotrin re­fin­ery.

The march, ti­tled 'Oil Joins Sug­ar: The Moth­er of all March­es,' will be­gin in Point-a-Pierre next Wednes­day, Oil­field Work­ers Trade Union Pres­i­dent Gen­er­al An­cel Ro­get said out­side the Min­istry of Fi­nance ear­li­er to­day.

SWWTU tells Gov't to send home 675 port workers

Sea­men and Wa­ter­front Work­ers’ Trade Union (SWW­TU) pres­i­dent Michael An­nisette has pro­posed that Gov­ern­ment send home 675 of the Port of Port-of-Spain’s 1,500 work­ers to save the state en­ter­prise from go­ing bel­ly up.

The work­ers to face the axe will be from across the board, An­nisette said, as he called on Gov­ern­ment and the Port Au­thor­i­ty of T&T (PATT) board to meet im­me­di­ate­ly with the union to come up with a re­trench­ment ex­er­cise and pay­ment plan for the af­fect­ed work­ers.

Khan: 4,700 workers in total to lose jobs

The big pic­ture: a to­tal of 4,700 per­ma­nent and non-per­ma­nent Petrotrin work­ers will be af­fect­ed by the re­fin­ery’s clo­sure loom­ing ahead.

En­er­gy Min­is­ter Franklin yes­ter­day told Par­lia­ment that 3,500 per­ma­nent work­ers plus 1,200 non-per­ma­nent work­ers will be af­fect­ed by the Gov­ern­ment’s planned clo­sure of the re­fin­ery in two weeks.

Khan gave the over­all to­tal in re­sponse to ques­tions by UNC MP Rudy In­dars­ingh. Khan’s fig­ures are the lat­est to­tal tal­ly of work­ers to be af­fect­ed by the plan.

Petrotrin to keep lines of communication with OWTU open

Petrotrin says it will keep the lines of communication open with the Oilfield Workers Trade Union (OWTU) following a meeting between the two parties today.

A statement by the company says that officials met today with members union to discuss the implementation plan to exit the refining business and the creation of new E&P and Terminal businesses.

It says that today’s meeting followed the Petrotrin’s Board of Directors meeting with the union on 2018 August 28.

Roget wants inquiry into closure of Petrotrin refinery

The Oilfields Workers Trade Union (OWTU) has delivered a letter to the Office of the President, outlining its position with regard to the decision to close the Petrotrin refinery.

President Paula-Mae Weekes is currently out of the country and Senate President Christine Kangaloo is acting as President of the Republic.

The OWTU leader, Ancel Roget is calling for an inquiry and public debate into the decision.

ECA applauds citizens' response in turning up to work

The Employers Consultative Association of Trinidad and Tobago (ECA) is applauding the majority of our public servants and the citizenry for what it says is "their patriotism and mature response to the September 7th call for a day of rest and reflection".

"Based on reports, many public offices reported near normal staff turnout by public servants who showed up to fulfill their duties and serve the needs of the people of Trinidad and Tobago," the ECA said in a statement issued Friday afternoon.

PM: La Brea drydocking facility creating 5,000 jobs

Promising to bring jobs for re­trenched Petrotrin work­ers, Prime Min­is­ter Dr Kei­th Row­ley says the new dry­dock­ing fa­cil­i­ties to be built in La Brea will bring 5,000 jobs.

Speak­ing at the sign­ing cer­e­mo­ny of a co­op­er­a­tive agree­ment be­tween the Gov­ern­ment and Chi­na Har­bour En­gi­neer­ing Com­pa­ny Lim­it­ed for the con­struc­tion of a dry­dock­ing fa­cil­i­ty in La Brea, Row­ley said the fa­cil­i­ty will pro­vide job op­por­tu­ni­ties for skilled work­ers.