Petrotrin workers were back on the job on Friday as officials of the Oilfields Workers' Trade Union prepares to meet with Petrotrin to discuss security concerns at the company's assets.
This means that the threat of a fuel shortage is no longer on the cards.
On Thursday, approximately about 5,000 workers walked off the job shutting down operations. Petrotrin's fuel bond has a capacity to supply the country for two days and if the strike continued that supply was under threat.
A fuel shortage is looming in T&T as the Oilfields Workers' Trade Union shut down operations throughout the company’s production fields and refinery, citing unsafe working conditions today.
Trinmar’s marine installations went down around 10 am as the OWTU served strike notice to Inland Offshore Contractors Limited (IOCL), one of three contractors which transports marine workers to the Trinmar offshore production fields in the Gulf of Paria.
Petrotrin says the strike by its workers will affect the company and is calling it "totally unacceptable" in a time when the company's revenue is already down due to low oil prices.
The company issued a statement today on the strike that began this morning.
State-owned oil company, Petrotrin says it is putting contingency measures in place to address a strike by Petrotrin workers tomorrow.
Petrotrin says the union served a strike notice on one of Petrotrin's contractors, that could disrupt the company's service.
Petrotrin issued the following statement today.
Petrotrin workers have taken a decision to down tool this evening, effectively shutting down the State-owned oil company.
A statement from the Oilfield Workers Trade Union which represents the workers, says Petrotrin workers "have angrily expressed their disgust with Petrotrin's non-response to the security crisis at the various plants".
The statement says that long before the death of Curtis Pierre in one of Petrotrin's oil tanks, the OWTU had been meeting with Petrotrin management calling for a return of adequate security to the various plants.