The Oilfields Workers Trade Union is responding to claims by Trinidad Petroleum Holdings Limited that the Union and its membership sabotaged equipment or buildings on Petrotrin’s Compound last Friday.
The Union revealed in a media release that government had promised workers their full salary before closure of the plants and the retrenchment of all employees.
It said that this however was not done and in response, workers sat-in on the compounds and peacefully demanded payments and salaries they were duly owed.
The OWTU stated that it views the accusation by the management of Trinidad Petroleum Holding Limited and by extension the government as merely a distraction of what their “rash, incompetent and unprepared decision” has brought to the people of Trinidad and Tobago.
Chief Education Officer for the OWTU, Ozzy Warwick said while some workers were given their money over the weekend, there remains many who have not received their outstanding monies.
He told News Power Now that neither the Government nor Petrotrin has met with them to discuss the failure to pay all the employees.
However, he added that the Union will meet with its members today to get a clearer picture of just how many workers remain unpaid.