The Oilfield Workers Trade Union is claiming that Justice Carol Gobin in the High Court on Wednesday refused Petrotrin’s judicial review application.
OWTU says the union views the Judge’s refusal to grant the leave as an important victory.
It is of the view that the company was simply attempting to delay the hearing of the Industrial Relations Offense which continues Thursday and Friday at the Industrial Court.
In a media release, the OWTU says attorneys for the Petroleum Company of Trinidad and Tobago filed an application for judicial review on Tuesday.
It claims that unknown to the Union, they sort leave to challenge the decision by the Ministry of Labour and the Registrar of the Industrial Court to register the Memorandum of Agreement signed between the Company and the Union on April 3rd, 2018.
It explained that the matter was heard Wednesday before Justice Gobin who after hearing submissions from the Company’s Lawyer, Reginald Armour SC, Ministry of Labour’s Attorney, Fyard Hosein SC and OWTU’s Attorney Douglas Mendez SC, refused to grant leave for the Judicial Review.
It contends that the Union was initially excluded from the submission, however, through the adherence of the law, Justice Gobin included the Union in the matter.
The Union’s attorney Douglas Mendez strongly opposed the application for Judicial Review.