TELECOMMUNICATIONS Services of Trinidad and Tobago (TSTT) workers have threatened to shut down operations at the company’s work centre in San Fernando as a result of a snake infestation.
The workers are refusing to work until management finds a solution to the problem.
Communication Workers Union (CWU) representative Dylan Charles said workers at TSTT’s public office at St James Street, San Fernando, were also concerned about unsafe conditions at the workplace.
“The workers have refused to work in both buildings. We are finding snakes on the compound, it is unsafe and unhealthy. At the St James Street office cashiers have refused to work since July 17. The company has refused to address concerns by employees. TSTT has failed to address critical safety issues that have been repeatedly highlighted by the workers,” he said.
Charles said snakes began crawling into the Cipero Street compound last month.
He said a pest control company was called in to spray the compound.
“Some of the snakes were killed and they are in the process of doing a search for others. They are putting some chemical as a deterrent, but we are still finding snakes, up to this morning,” he said yesterday.
Charles said the public office at St James Street has been closed to customers several times in the past month, as workers refused to work under unsafe and unhealthy conditions.
Charles said workers would continue to down tools and protest outside the work centre until their concerns are addressed.
A TSTT official confirmed the report and said a pest control company was hired to spray the compound. A team visited the centre and is continuing investigations, he said.
The official said workers were being updated on the issue.