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posted 13 Nov 2018, 18:32 by Gerry Kangalee   [ updated 13 Nov 2018, 19:02 ]
Clyde Elder
As was widely anticipated the management of TSTT has begun to implement its retrenchment plan. On November 12th 2018, Senior Manager Industrial Relations, Arlene Arthur, wrote to Clyde Elder, Secretary General of the Communication Workers Union (CWU), the recognised majority union for both Junior and Senior Staff at the state-owned telecommunication company. 

Attached was a list of existing positions the company proposes to make redundant as part of what it deems its new business model.

The list comprises ninety nine existing positions, but does not include numbers of workers filling those positions. These numbers would probably run into the hundreds. It is believed by those in the loop that the workers of Amplia, who are not unionised and who work for inferior wages and conditions will be slotted in to do residential connecting of fibre as part of TSTT’s much propagandised new business model.

. The CWU has filed an Industrial Relations Offence (IRO) against TSTT and has sought and won injunctive relief from the Industrial Court pending the determination of the IRO which is to be heard on November 28th.

The IRO argues “for all residential fibre operations to be performed by Amplia, was in violation of the Collective Agreement between TSTT and the Union, namely Article 12 of the Junior and Senior Staff Collective Agreement, which forbids the contracting out of work normally performed by the Company’s employees.”

The Communication Workers Union is holding mass meetings in North and South on Wednesday 14th and Thursday 15th 2018 respectively to seek guidance from its members as to the way forward. The Wednesday meeting is at CWU head office on Henry Street, Port of Spain at 5:00pm and the Thursday mass meeting in South will be at OWTU headquarters, Circular Road, San Fernando.