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.
The OWTU has been granted an injunction by the Industrial Court barring Petrotrin from beginning the process of terminating workers.
That is until a substantive complaint brought against the company for allegedly committing an industrial relations offence is determined.
The OWTU is alleging that Petrotrin committed the offence by failing to consult with it before taking the decision to close the company and send home almost 5,000 workers.