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posted 25 Nov 2014, 07:40 by Gerry Kangalee
The following undated statement was published by the Trinmar Branch of the Oilfields Workers Trade Union on its face Book page on November 25th 2014:

On Thursday 20"' November 2014, the Union (OWTU) and the Company (Petrotrin) met at the Ministry of Labour to have conciliatory discussions for the present period of negotiations. Before this conciliation meeting, the last time that both parties met was in May 2014. Since then the Company has refused to meet and treat in good faith with the OWTU, the Recognised Majority Union. 

There are six (6) Bargaining Units with Collective Agreements that govern the terms and conditions of our Comrades in Petrotrin. They are:

1. Petrotrin Monthly Paid Bargaining Unit: February 01, 2012 — January 31, 2015.

2. Petrotrin (Trinmar) Monthly Paid Bargaining Unit: February 01, 2012 — January 31, 2015.

3. Monthly Rated Junior Staff Employees: June 01, 2011 —- May 31, 2014.

4. Petrotrin Hourly/weekly Rated Employees: August 27, 2011 — August 25, 2014.

5. Petrotrin (Trinmar) Hourly/Weekly Rated Employees: May 25, 2011 — May 24. 2014.

6. Hospital Domestic Workers and Wardsmen: November 01, 2011 - October 31, 2014.

To date four (4) of the six (6) Collective Agreements for periods extending from May 201 1 to October 2014 have already expired with the remaining two (2) due to expire by January 31, 2015. We have agreed on most of the textual non-cost items. 

At the conciliation meeting held at the Ministry Of Labour on Thursday 20th November 2014, the Company has indicated that they intend to implement a “Wage Freeze", and as a result of that they are prepared to offer their hard working and loyal employees the following:

First Year- 0%
Second Year- 0%
Third Year- 0% 

In addition to that they offered no increases on bonuses. The Company also wants to remove Article 4(e) Regulation of Contract Work. This article governs how they treat with contractors and protects jobs normally performed by permanent, casual and temporary workers. 

This article also stipulates that when contract labour is engaged, the contractor shall pay not less than the minimum rate for the particular job classification as provided in the Schedule of the existing Agreement arid, in addition, any Cost of Living Allowance and other Bonuses described in this Agreement namely: shift, height, heat, meal or subsistence that may be applicable. That is how they show their commitment!