labour

$10,000 each and job reinstatement for 13 dismissed PSA workers

Four months after being dismissed, 13 PSA workers will be reinstated and compensated for damages.

Today, the Industrial Court ruled in favour of the employees and ordered that they be returned to their positions, paid their February-May salaries and $10,000 each for damages.

PSA president Watson Duke was accused of acting contrary to proper labour laws and outside of his authority when he dismissed the workers for wearing their representing union, BIGWU's, t-shirt. 

The incident occurred in February.

Garcia: 300-plus facing UTT axe

An estimated 300-plus workers are being cut from the University of Trinidad and Tobago. While 57 academic staffers have so far received dismissal letters, an additional 287 non-academic staff members are also expected to be dismissed, Education Minister Anthony Garcia confirmed yesterday.

Garcia was replying to queries in the Senate from UNC Senator Wade Mark on UTT job cuts.

Garcia’s figures signalled an estimated total of 346 staffers will be losing jobs.

Unions gear up for May Day march & rally in San Fernando tomorrow

The Joint Trade Union Movement (JTUM) will hold a march and a rally in San Fernando on Tuesday, to celebrate May Day.

May Day, which is also called International Workers' Day in some countries, is a celebration of labourers and the working classes that is promoted by the international labour movement which occurs every year on May 1st.

JTUM issued the following statement with regard to tomorrow's celebrations.

Garcia: Education Ministry seeks to work hand-in-hand with TTUTA

The Ministry of Education says it is not averse to the work of the Trinidad and Tobago Unified Teachers Association (TTUTA).

Instead, the ministry says it regards the body as a major stakeholder and will do everything possible to hold hands and work together.

This assurance from Minister of Education Anthony Garcia, as he addressed those present at TTUTA’s sod turning ceremony for the construction of its Teachers Training Centre at Carlsen Field, Chaguanas on Wednesday.

MY EYE: Republic Bank workers protest

This photo was sent to us by Becca88 via the new CNC3 app.

Becca titled it, "Republic Bank Limited staff members protest in Port of Spain".

Becca says staff members of Republic Bank marched in protest in front of the Head Office on Park Street in Port of Spain this evening with signs, drums and whistles to display their displeasure with the current negotiations of salaries as the bank has offered a 6% increase over 3 years, broken down as first year 1%, second year 2%, and third year 3%.

There were marches in other branches today as well.

OWTU, Petrotrin sign MOA on restructuring

A Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) has been established by the Oilfields Workers’ Trade Union (OWTU) and Petrotrin to establish a working committee to oversee the restructuring of the struggling oil company over the next 18 months.

At the OWTU’s Public Policy Breakfast Forum at Paramount Building, San Fernando, yesterday, the union’s president general Ancel Roget gave an assurance to Petrotrin workers and the public that the restructuring exercise will now be in good hands due to the union’s involvement.

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