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."
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.
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,