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.

Tewarie blames low turnout to union march on workers' dejection

Caroni Central MP, Dr Bhoe Tewarie believes Petrotrin workers are feeling dejected and this is why most of them failed to join the trade union movement in its three-day march from Pointe-a-Pierre to Port-of-Spain.

Even though over 4,700 workers are set to lose their jobs by November, only a few hundred people turned up for the Trade union's "monster march" in Central Trinidad on Thursday.

Speaking to the Guardian at a post-budget forum held at the Couva/ Point Lisas Chamber of Commerce seminar yesterday,

JTUM to stage 3-day protest march

The Joint Trade Union Move­ment will match for three days in an at­tempt to con­vince Gov­ern­ment to change their minds on the clo­sure of the Petrotrin re­fin­ery.

The march, ti­tled 'Oil Joins Sug­ar: The Moth­er of all March­es,' will be­gin in Point-a-Pierre next Wednes­day, Oil­field Work­ers Trade Union Pres­i­dent Gen­er­al An­cel Ro­get said out­side the Min­istry of Fi­nance ear­li­er to­day.