Petrotrin appeals OWTU injunction

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 muzzle Petrotrin chairman

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.

OWTU granted injunction by Industrial 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.