Where we stand‎ > ‎News & Comment‎ > ‎

200 workers steelworkers on breadline

posted 15 Apr 2015, 22:00 by Gerry Kangalee   [ updated 15 Apr 2015, 22:02 ]
Workers of Tube City IMS Limited, a firm contracted to Arcelor Mittal, one of the leading steel conglomerates in the world, staged a protest at the Point Lisas roundabout on Tuesday April 14th 2015.

According to Christopher Henry, President of the Steel Workers Union of Trinidad and Tobago (SWUTT): “On the 31st March 2015 200 plus workers, members of Steel Workers Union, were retrenched from a company named TUBE CITY IMS Ltd, an international company that provides stevedoring services at the port of the steel plant in Point Lisas industrial estate. Another company secured the contract on the port. What normally happens is that most of the work force is hired by the new company…the Managing Director of ArcelorMittal Point Lisas Ltd said he does not want any unionized contractor workers to be hired on his port.

In this twentieth century with laws that gives workers the right to join any union of their choice this capitalist Canadian with those words has placed over 200 citizens of this country on the bread line: single mothers, sole bread winners; workers with 25 to 30 years service.” The Union President vowed to fight with all their strength until the workers are re-employed.

Branch President Anthony Charles of the representing Steel Workers' Union spoke to Comrade Rae Samuel of the National Workers Union (see video)