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 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.
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.
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.