Staff and customers at Scotiabank on Richmond Street in Port of Spain had a bit of a scare this morning, when a smoke alarm went off in the building.
They all were evacuated from the premises as a precaution.
In a brief statement, Scotiabank assures that business has resumed after bank officials were given the all clear by the Fire Services.
The full text of the company’s statement, follows…
At approximately 8am on Wednesday, December 18, 2019 a smoke alarm was raised at Scotiabank’s Richmond Street building.
Marking the one-year death anniversary of their colleague who was gunned down at his workplace, staff from the Public Transport Service Corporation (PTSC) on Monday staged a placard protest, calling for a reliable bus fleet and a safer work environment.
Standing outside of the PTSC bus terminal at Kings Wharf, San Fernando Monday, the workers called for a meeting with Works and Transport Minister Rohan Sinanan.
Republic Bank is defending its position with regards to claims made by the Banking, Insurance and General Workers Trade Union that the bank is not offering descent wages to the workers.
The bank issued a statement on Thursday stating, among other things, that wages given to staff are among the best in the country.
The following is the bank's statement:
"Republic Bank Limited is currently in negotiations with the Banking Insurance and General Workers Union (BIGWU) for a new collective agreement related to its clerical staff.
Hard times have fallen upon the Treasury Division. Yesterday an internal memo sent out to staff stated there were no funds to purchase water, toilet paper and paper towels.
Since last week, staff had begun purchasing their own bottles of water as the water dispensers were running dry.
Calypso Rose is resting in a Paris hospital being treated for a case of 'gout' but her management says, there is nothing to worry about.
Gout is a form of inflammatory arthritis characterised by recurrent attacks of a red, tender, hot, and swollen joint.
Her manager Jean Michel Gilbert said she was admitted on Friday and will be discharged on Tuesday.
He said the decision to have her seek medical attention was simply precautionary.
He said there is no need for alarm and that she remains in high spirits.
The Piarco International Airport has placed second for Best Airport Staff in Central America, and first among airports in the Caribbean.
This award recognises the quality of staff service, attitude, friendliness and efficiency delivered across front-line positions at an airport including staff working for customer service, Immigration and Security staff, shops, food & beverage outlets.
The Piarco International Airport also placed fourth in the category of best Airports in the Central America and the Caribbean.
Sixty-six (66) workers of roofing producer, GGI Trinidad Limited will be sent home in 45 days, as the company goes out of business in a tough economic climate.
CNC3 Digital has acquired a copy of the retrenchment letter sent to all workers, advising that under the existing arrangements for the winding up of the company, it is very unlikely that they will be given any severance benefits.
The company's assets are being sold to Roof Systems Limited as it winds up on August 6th after going into receivership.