Petrotrin can resume termination of workers this morning after a High Court judge halted the injunction granted to the Oilfields’ Workers Trade Union hours ago.
Justice of Appeal Charmaine Pemberton blocked the injunction awarded by the Industrial Court around 11.32 last night and fixed the hearing to resume before a three-member panel of the Appeal Court for October 18.
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.
Lawyers for Petrotrin immediately muzzled its chairman Wilfred Espinet after he criticised the Industrial Court during a radio programme on Tuesday.
Espinet was a call-in guest on i95. 5 FM and was questioned on the relevance of both an industrial court and a union.
In a telephone interview with Guardian Media after that radio interview, Espinet said that he can no longer speak on the issue of the Industrial Court or its decision as it could be seen as contempt of the court.