The T&T Electricity Commission has been operating at a loss for the past seven years and its chairman is saying that the board of directors is now looking at whether there is need to trim the fat at the utility which has close to 3,000 employees an annual wage bill of over a billion dollars.
The Trinidad and Tobago Electricity Commission (T&TEC) says it is aware that several communities along the North Coast Road are without electricity at this time but is hampered by the landslide that occurred this morning.
T&TEC customers from Maracas to Blanchissuese are without electricity.
T&TEC says it is experiencing difficulty accessing the area due to the landslide near the Maracas lookout.
However, the utility says it is utilising an alternative route through Arima to reach the affected areas to determine the cause of the outage.
The Trinidad and Tobago Electricity Commission (T&TEC) has issued two addition hotline numbers in light of the Tropical Storm Warning.
The following is a statement issued by T&TEC.
"The Trinidad and Tobago Electricity Commission wishes to advise members of the public that as a result of the Tropical Storm Warning issued by the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Office, in addition to the existing 800-TTEC (8832) and 800-BULB (2852), two new hotline numbers will be activated from 6.00 p.m. this evening.
The numbers are 794-4823 and 794-7264.
Jeremy Seecharan of Mohess Road, Penal has appeared in the San Fernando 2nd Magistrate’s Court on criminal charges associated with warehouse breaking and larceny of two of T&TEC’s properties in South Trinidad.
The charges were laid following a coordinated effort between the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) and T&TEC’s Estate Police Rapid Response Unit on April 16, 2017.
The Oilfields Workers Trade Union (OWTU) and the T&T Electricity Commission (T&TEC) are expected to sign off on a collective agreement today.
While OWTU officials were tight-lipped about the settlement, Finance Minister Colm Imbert announced on Wednesday that Government would settle the T&TEC wage negotiations at 10 per cent —cost to the state of TT$500 million.
The negotiations had been ongoing since 2011.
The negotiations are expected to come to a close today at a meeting scheduled for 2 pm at T&TEC's Mt. Hope offices.