Friday, February 23, 2018

More threats from the labour front*

Before the ink could have dried on the hard-won settlement between the Oilfields Workers Trade Union (OWTU) and the Petroleum Company of Trinidad and Tobago (Petrotrin), under the auspices of the Government, representatives of two branches of the country’s protective services have begun rhetorically to shake their fists at those in authority.
Troublingly telegraphing their intentions of fomenting further instability in an already fragile industrial relations climate, leaders of both the Prisons Officers Association and the Fire Officers Association are issuing threats about a disruption in the services they provide.
In these cases, however, these unions are mobilising for whatever form of disruptive action they have in mind, not entirely on the basis of wage negotiations, or any matter related to their conditions of work.

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