Several contractors based in La Brea staged a 4 day protest last week, over what they say is a consistent by passing of them, when contract work is available in the area.
The workers were protesting at the construction site of the $6.3 billion Caribbean Gas Chemical Ltd plant, a project begun in 2015 under the People’s Partnership Government.
Former Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar said at the sod-turning ceremony in September 2015, that the project will create 2000 jobs at peak construction, and will benefit local contractors and local energy service companies.
However, speaking with News Power Now on Friday, Laura Jeremiah representing the Small Contractors of La Brea, had this to say.
The project which is being financed by the Japan Bank for International Cooperation and the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ and expected to be completed in 2019, is intended to be the genesis of a new industrial estate, already complimented by the presence next door of the Trinidad Generation Unit power plant.
Upon completion, the petrochemical complex is expected to permanently employ 180 persons in high paying jobs.
Meanwhile, La Brea contractors simply want their just due, as residents of the area.
In the audio clip below, Laura Jeremiah, representing the Small Contractors of La Brea speaks on this matter.