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CWU COSSABO REJECTS VSEP

posted 6 Mar 2014, 10:57 by Gerry Kangalee


On February 27, 2014, John Julien, the Secretary General of the Communication Workers Union (CWU) issued the following statement:

At a COSSABO of all TSTT Branches of the CWU, held on Wednesday 26th February, 2014, the issue of Telecommunication Services of Trinidad and Tobago Limited, (TSTT) proposed Voluntary Separation Initiative and Five (5) Year Strategic Plan was discussed and debated in detail. (SEE LETTERTS AND STATEMENTS ATTACHED BELOW)

After making a comprehensive analysis of the current challenging economic environment; the significant role that TSTT has to play in the provision of universal Telecommunication Services to the country as the dominant provider; and, the projected negative and debilitating impact that these initiatives would have on the workforce of TSTT and the wider national community, it was the unanimous position of the COSSABO that these initiatives relative to Voluntary Separation/Early Enhanced Retirement and the Five (5) Year Strategic Plan as proposed by TSTI', should be rejected.

The COSSABO calls on the Board of Directors of TSTT and the State, as the majority shareholder in the Company, to take note of the decision of the COSSABO and be so advised that they should immediately take steps to withdraw these proposals.

In addition, the COSSSABO calls on the Company to take all necessary steps to immediately resolve the numerous outstanding issues which the union has repeatedly identified and which it says are impacting negatively on the morale of the employees of the Company and the sustainability and viability of the Company, inclusive of the protracted Wage Negotiations for the Senior and Junior Staff Bargaining Units; the Medical Plan for Bargaining Unit Workers and Retirees; the TELCO Pension Fund Plan; the TSTT Pension Fund Plan; the filling of numerous vacancies in the Company; the abuse of Contract Work; the illegal alteration of terms and conditions of employment for Bargaining Unit workers through the unilateral implementation of Organizational Structures; and the infringement of Occupational Safety and Health Provisions.

The COSSABO further calls on the State to do all things necessary to acquire full ownership of TSTT' to ensure that this viable, important and profitable national asset continues work in the best interests of all nationals of the country through the provision of affordable and reliable Telecommunication Services to the nationals of Trinidad and Tobago.

In that regard, the Communication Workers' Union stands in readiness to engage in meaningful discussions with all stakeholders in an effort to ensure that TSTT becomes the Telecommunication Services Provider of choice in Trinidad and Tobago.
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Gerry Kangalee,
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