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.
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.