According to the Industrial Relations Act, Chapter 88:01, every worker shall have the right to be a member of any trade union or any number of trade unions of his or her choice and the right not to be a member of any trade union or other organization of workers.
Nirvan Maharaj, Attorney at Law and President General of the All
Trinidad General Workers’ Trade Union wishes to express his Union’s
solidarity with the Oilfield Workers Trade Union (OWTU) and highlight
his serious concern and dismay over the dismissal of 68 employees of
the National Petroleum Company Limited.
Union is calling on the Company to immediately reinstate the workers
and engage in discussion with the OWTU towards bringing this matter
to a reasonable conclusion in a mutually beneficial way to all
All Trinidad Union will like to emphasize that whatever the
circumstances of the dismissal and the arguments for and against the
fact remains that 68 employees have been placed on the breadline in a
callous and premeditated manner lacking in social conscience and good
industrial relations practices. The Company must realize that the
workers are not numbers and statistics but like the Management and
Chairman of NP they are human beings with feelings, emotions,
reasoning and logic.
is the All Trinidad Union’s view that this matter can certainly be
resolved with proper discussion, dialogue and diplomacy, while the
workers are reinstated and allowed to earn a living in order to take
care of their families and other pressing obligations.
Maharaj (Attorney at Law) President General ATGWTU