Minister of Energy and Energy Industries, Franklin Khan, is defending the hiring of former boss at BPTT, Robert Riley, to be a part of the Petrotrin transition team.
Opposition Senator, Gerald Ramdeen, raised the issue while contributing to the debate on a private motion on Tuesday brought by the Opposition to condemn the actions of the government in closing the Petrotrin refinery.
Minister Khan said the former BP Executive has expressed a willingness to serve in such a capacity and his track record in the sector is impressive.
Meanwhile, Independent Senator, Anthony Vieira, says it is important that lessons are learnt from the struggles experienced and mistakes made at Petrotrin and steps taken to avoid a repeat of them in the future.
Mr Vieira explained that there should be a closer look at the impact of automation on the workplace which can significant cut the need for workers.
He also focused on the importance of retraining workers and the need for open consultation with trade unions and other stake holders.
Another Independent Senator, Hazel Thompson Ahye, during her contribution to the debate focused on the emotional effects of losing a job and how it can impact on the family life.