NP suspends more staff members with pay
State fuel distributor National Petroleum (NP) yesterday suspended more employees without pay, the company said in a release last evening.
On Friday, the company said, based on initial reports, it had suspended over 40 staff members with pay. However, as investigations continue, it said additional employees have now been suspended with pay, all pending further investigation.
The company did not say how many more employees have been suspended.
On August 13, August 14 and August 15, the Oilfields Workers’ Trade Union (OWTU) engaged its members in an illegal work stoppage at NP’s gantries, the company said.
“NP’s focus remains to ensure the timely delivery of fuel to our service station network, airports in Tobago and Trinidad, industrial customers including the Port Authority and PowerGen, all hospitals, and all of the protective services.
“We have been able to maintain a non-disrupted operation in spite of the unlawful work stoppage initiated by the OWTU last week and continue to put things in place to ensure its continuity,” the release said.
OWTU president general Ancel Roget is expected to meet with workers today.
“Management is provoking a situation that would really present a challenge to supply,” he told the Express in a brief telephone conversation last night.