The Communications Workers Union (CWU) is holding a candlelight vigil outside the Telecommunications Services of T&T’s head office on Edward Street, Port-of-Spain, this evening to counteract what it says is the "dark cloud" now hanging over the company.
In a text earlier today, the CWU invited members to attend a protest action from 4 pm to 6 pm and then a candlelight vigil just after from 6 pm to 7 pm.
Oilfields Workers’ Trade Union president general Ancel Roget is urging Petrotrin workers not to accept any termination packages from the company until an appeal of the matter is heard in the Appeal Court.
In an early morning text exchange with Guardian Media hours after Justice Appeal Charmaine Pemberton blocked the injunction awarded to the OWTU by the Industrial Court, Roget said he planned to advise the workers to not accept any package from the company "while the injunction appeal is being heard."
Petrotrin can resume termination of workers this morning after a High Court judge halted the injunction granted to the Oilfields’ Workers Trade Union hours ago.
Justice of Appeal Charmaine Pemberton blocked the injunction awarded by the Industrial Court around 11.32 last night and fixed the hearing to resume before a three-member panel of the Appeal Court for October 18.
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.