The matter involving the state oil company Paria Fuel, and the privately owned UNIPET, which was expected to begin being heard in court this morning, has had to be rescheduled.
UNIET is taking Paria to court, over its cessation of fuel supplies to the company over a non-payment of balances said to be in the region of one hundred million dollars.
UNIPET submitted an affidavit challenging this action, and the matter was expected to be opened in the Port of Spain High Court late Friday. This was postponed, because of what was said to have been a court decision to switch judges for the conduct of the case. A second judge, a female, was said to have been assigned the case, and arrangements were said to be in place for hearing this morning. But what has been described as other administrative adjustments caused another postponement of the matter.
UNPIET is challenging the legality of the action by Paria, with one company representative describing it as an act of bullying, and one which has the effect of shutting the company down, putting at jeopardy the jobs of more than 600 persons, among other alleged discriminatory actions.