OWTU denies workers sabotaging oil assets

The Oil­fields Work­ers’ Trade Union is deny­ing work­er in­volve­ment in the sab­o­tag­ing of Petrotrin as­sets fol­low­ing the shut­down of the com­pa­ny on Fri­day.

The union made the com­ment in re­sponse to a me­dia re­lease by Trinidad Pe­tro­le­um Hold­ings Ltd (TPHL), the com­pa­ny tak­ing over Petrotrin as­sets, which stat­ed ac­cess to all its fa­cil­i­ties was sus­pend­ed fol­low­ing acts of sab­o­tage by union mem­bers and em­ploy­ees. Petrotrin is now a lega­cy com­pa­ny but is a sub­sidiary of the new­ly formed TPHL.

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.