PRESIDENT of the Communication Workers’ Union (CWU) Joseph Remy wants the Telecommunications Services of Trinidad and Tobago (TSTT) office at St James Street, San Fernando, to be condemned.
Calling it a “sick building”, Remy said it was one of the oldest structures in the city and the workers have made numerous complaints to management about health and safety issues.
Remy said the company bought a dilapidated building.
“This is one of the oldest buildings in South. This was an old grocery... and they have tried to convert this into a corporate entity. It can’t work. The structures of this building, the foundation of this building is weak and, as such, any action to do anything here... will create problems. We are saying this building should be condemned because it is a sick building,” he said.
Remy made the comment while speaking with reporters outside TSTT’S St James Street location.
He called on the company’s Occupational Safety and Health department to examine the structure and aesthetics of the building and said: “Gradually they will realise they have to condemn this building.”
Remy said there were other buildings in the company that were suffering from a lack of maintenance because TSTT abandoned its property maintenance department.
“Put proper structures in place. Give workers the right environment and they will give you 100 per cent effectiveness and efficiency. Workers are not supposed to work in conditions that are dangerous to their health and their safety,” he said.
Days ago, workers at the company’s Cipero Street location threatened to shut down operations as they complained of a snake infestation at their workplace.
TSTT responded that the workers’ concerns were being addressed.
TSTT’s head of public relations and external affairs, Camille Salandy, could not be reached for comment yesterday.