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OAS ATTACKS SINGLE MOTHERS; PROBATIONERS! by Aaron Moyne

posted 7 Jun 2013, 11:18 by Gerry Kangalee   [ updated 7 Jun 2013, 11:21 ]

Aaron Moyne is a Health Safety and Environment/Labour
Relations Officer with the Oilfields Workers' Trade Union
Letters of termination were served to four (4) probationary OAS workers on 6th June 2013. The affected workers were told that the "termination, in conformity with clause 6 of our contract, takes effect from the end of business on Friday 7th June, 2013..."

 

Clause 6 of the said contract states:
 

“Notice Period: This Agreement may be terminated at any time during the said term of this Contract by either party giving to the other, fourteen (14) days prior notice."

 

Whimsically, capriciously and in a discriminatory fashion, the Company continues to break its own rules to suit its own fixations. They provided no such 14 days' notice nor did they provide any written reason for the said dismissals; contrary to good and proper industrial relations practice. OAS management verbally cited to the workers “rainfall” as a reason for termination and will be terminating four (4) probationary workers every week going forward.

 

Peter Collins, Industrial relations consultant, also summoned one of the single mothers dismissed on 8 May 2013 to offer re-employment, on the condition that she signed a waiver form accepting the period of termination as suspension without pay.

 

The worker accepted reinstatement but pleaded with Collins for time to consider the attached condition. Peter Collins, the renowned Industrial Relations expert (Dunlop, Bechtel, et al),  then, in hoodlum-style, angrily tore up the said waiver form before the worker, citing that let the matter go wherever it has to.

 

The Oilfields Workers' Trade Union wrote the Company today for bilateral meetings to treat with all matters of dismissal as per the Industrial Relations Act.

 

Members of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service have advised OAS workers that they will be paying "special attention" to OAS vehicles operating on the nation's roadways given that a truck was found without insurance at 9pm yesterday.

 

The five workers' representatives are scheduled to meet with the Company at 3pm on June 7th to provide feedback on the Company's 5.5% wage offer. The workers are yet to receive a written document outlining the terms under which the said wage increase is to be applied.

 

OAS workers agreed to meet at Paramount Building (OWTU Headquarters) on Monday 10 June 2013 to discuss their next move following today's meeting. The workers have recognised that the Company is targetting the most vulnerable workers among them, single mothers and probationary workers, using intimidatory tactics to beat them into submission and acceptance of the Company's slavery-inspired terms and conditions.

 

A potentially explosive Industrial Relations and Occupational Safety and Health setting exists at the Point Fortin Highway while the Ministers of Works and Labour and other responsible agencies (OSHA, NIDCO) continue to bury their heads in the clouds and sands respectively. The act of omission holds the current regime accountable for the disenchantment of OAS workers, who, along with their family members are expected to cast votes in not too distant Local Government and General Elections.

 

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