In T&T: Petrotrin, OWTU want McLeod to mediate

5 January 2012


Positive steps taken to remedy labour situation at Petrotrin. “Five items” ¬†of contention yet to be ironed out, as Minister’s assistance is required.

State-owned oil company Petrotrin and the Oilfields Workers’ Trade Union (OWTU) will take wage negotiations to Labour Minister Errol McLeod, although they signed off on five Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) on Tuesday.

In a statement yesterday, the oil company said the MOUs, which were signed late on January 3 at the company’s Pointe-a-Pierre offices, reflected a genuine commitment by both parties to resolve outstanding issues in the best interest of employees.

“To date, agreement has been reached across the board on over 20 key issues but in each case, there are some five items about which no agreement has been reached.

“The parties mutually agreed that negotiations have reached a critical stage and that the interests of both parties would best be served under conciliation by the Minister of Labour.”

Petrotrin stated that for the past two years it has engaged in lengthy negotiations in the interest of providing compensation and better working conditions for employees covered by the five bargaining units.

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