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.

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.