Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Roget to Govt: Rescind this ‘cavalier’ decision

PRESIDENT General of the Oilfields Workers' Trade Union (OWTU) Ancel Roget

Trade unionist Ancel Roget has said the Government's decision to dissolve the Tourism Development Company (TDC) “is yet another example of the Government doing what they want in the most cavalier manner”.

The Joint Trade Union Movement (JTUM) president said at the end of the day, it is impacting the relationship with the recognised majority union.

“Can you imagine how those employees are feeling? The entity to which they come to work every day has just been dissolved, and, some Cabinet decision has been taken. It is not what we signed up for. We demand respect,” he said.

Roget added: “There was no discussion. It was done in a high-handed approach. It is very unfortunate. We are going to respond. Don't blame us.

“We will respond consistent with the response for poor governance. You have made a colossal mess. We urge you to meet with the recognised majority union and revoke the decision.”

Roget was speaking during a JTUM protest calling on Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley and other ministers to meet with potential ArcelorMittal investors since they are keen to restart the Pt Lisas plant.

Secretary general of Communication Workers' Union (CWU), Joseph Remy, also reiterated that Government should rescind its decision to dissolve the TDC.

“We are calling on the Government to rescind the decision and immediately meet with the CWU and the two bargaining units before any final determination is made as to the final decision.

“We see it as a clear and blatant violation of the Industrial Relations Act and good and proper industrial relations practices.

“It is also in breach of International Labour Organisation relative to freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining,” he said.