State owned oil company, Petrotrin has terminated the employment of three people and says it plans to take disciplinary action against thirty seven others who refused to work between October and November last year.
In a media statement, the company recalled that despite receiving a Health Clearance Certificate from the Ministry of Health stating that vessels transporting crude oil which had originated from offshore Gabon, were found to be free from the EBOLA infection or contamination, the employees had refused to berth the vessels which forced the company to take alternative measures to ensure the continuity of operations. Petrotrin says the employees’ action resulted in substantial losses for the Company.
A six month long investigation followed the incident of the actions of 66 employees with the Oilfield Workers Trade Union also forming part of the investigation process. The company said that following the preliminary investigations 26 employees were exonerated and there was culpability found on the part of the remaining 40 employees.
Today, Petrotrin is reminding employees that while it remains committed to ensuring the health and safety of everyone aligned to the company, it also has a responsibility to the sustainability of its operations in keeping with its responsibilities to its employees and to the citizens of Trinidad and Tobago.