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posted 28 Dec 2012, 09:27 by Gerry Kangalee   [ updated 28 Dec 2012, 09:28 ]
John Julien, Secretary General of the Communications Workers' Union (CWIU) issued the following press statement on December 28th 2012:

The Communication Workers’ Union would like to publicly express its grave concern over the apparent Leadership Crisis that is bedevilling the State Enterprise, Telecommunications Services of Trinidad and Tobago Limited (TSTT).

Within recent times, we have seen the parting of ways of the arrogant Mexican Roberto Peon after a tenure that saw the Company move from being very profitable to being barely profitable. When we finally saw the wings of the Mexican Pilot flying away from our shores, we felt that the company would finally get a chance to exhale and return to those profitable days.

For reasons yet to be explained, the Board of Directors appointed neophyte Mrs. Dianna De Sousa to act in the position of CEO pending the recruitment of an incumbent to fill the position. At all times during the acting period of Mrs. De Sousa, the impression was given that she was the heir apparent for the position.

However with the new thrust by Cable and Wireless to engage in extortionist tactics, and blackmail the Government into giving them full control of TSTT, we are now being told that Mrs. De Sousa would be resigning from the acting position effective the end of January 2013.

What is baffling with this development is that there is really no need for someone to resign from an acting position and worse yet do so effective the same date that the acting is supposed to come to an end. We question the sincerity of this resignation.
What is also confusing is that the CWU was in receipt of correspondence from Mrs. De Sousa dated December 18, 2012 wherein she stated and I quote: "In closing I wish to assure you that as Acting Chief Executive Officer, I remain committed to engagement of your union on matters which affect the general welfare of our employees and your membership". How can this be said by someone who had intentions of resigning her position mere hours thereafter? There are a lot of unanswered questions regarding this development.

What has compounded the matter is that we are reliably informed that another neophyte and rank outsider, Mr. Derrick Jones has been appointed to act as CEO while we are told that Mrs. De Sousa has proceeded on vacation leave, to return to her substantive position upon her return. Something smells fishy here.

The CWU calls on the Chairman of the Board of Directors to come clean on this issue and tell us and the shareholders what is the real situation with respect to the Leadership of TSTT.

Whilst all this is taking place, we have been reliably informed that Mr. Edghill Messiah has also resigned as Executive Vice-President of Human Resources, Customer Care and Risk Management effective December 31“, 2012. This is the greatest thing that could have ever happened and is a Blessing in disguise for the company. Finally we are going to see the backs of the worst Human Resource practitioner that we have ever worked with.
What has us concerned though is the subtle message emanating from the parting message he sent out to staff and I quote “l greatly appreciate all your help over the years and the working relationship we shared and I look forward to our working together in the future in some other context". We have been reliably informed that Mr. Messiah may return in some consultative capacity. We wish to state quite emphatically that we are totally opposed to this move and we would resist all attempts to further foist Mr. Messiah on the employees of TSTT.
We have also been reliably informed that the Company is in the process of recruiting one Mr. Allan Raghunanan as the new Vice-President of Human Resources. We are signalling our intention to challenge this since it is alleged that Mr. Raghunanan is related to a UNC Financier and it appears that this development has political connotations.

The CWU once again calls on the Chairman of the Board of Directors to clear the air on all the miscommunication that is taking place at TSTT. This is creating an environment of uncertainty and is demotivating the already dishevelled staff.
In the midst of our negotiations for Collective Agreements for the Junior and Senior Staff Bargaining Units for the outstanding period of 2008 to 2010, this is an alarming development and we insist that the Leadership Crisis at TSTT must be brought to an immediate end and addressed in a transparent manner urgently so as to position the Company to maintain and increase its competitive advantage in the Telecommunication Market and strive to be the Telecommunications Provider of Choice in Trinidad and Tobago.
Gerry Kangalee,
28 Dec 2012, 09:27