OWTU matter postponed for today as judge falls ill

The second hearing of the Oilfield Workers Trade Union (OWTU)'s industrial relations offence over the scheduled closure of Petrotrin has been postponed as an Industrial Court judge fell ill. 

OWTU president general Ancil Roget was expected to return to the witness stand when the case resumed at the Industrial Court's headquarters in Port-of-Spain, this morning. 

Lawyers representing the parties, a large group of union members and members of the media were only informed of the issue after waiting in court for almost an half an hour. 

Petrotrin appeals OWTU injunction

Petrotrin has filed its ap­peal against the Oil­fields Work­ers' Trade Union's in­junc­tion stop­ping it from ter­mi­nat­ing work­ers as it moves to re­struc­ture its op­er­a­tions.

In a tele­phone in­ter­view with CNC3, Se­nior Coun­sel Regi­nald Ar­mour, who is lead­ing the com­pa­ny's le­gal team, con­firmed the ur­gent ap­peal was filed in the Court of Ap­peal's reg­istry this evening.

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. 

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.