In T&T: TCL strike affecting construction

1 March 2012


Despite claims that supply would not be constricted, signs to the contrary have begun to surface.

THE STRIKE action at Trinidad Cement Limited, (TCL), has begun to affect the construction industry as public relations officer for the Hardware Dealers Association, Salik Reesal, yesterday stated that his hardware had been forced to turn away customers who had journeyed to the Freeport hardware store in search of cement supplies.

On Monday, the Oilfields Workers Trade Union, (OWTU), served strike notice at TCL and its sister company, TCL Packaging, as negotiations between both parties reached a stalemate.

The action, which was immediately effected by employees, allows workers to engage in strike action for a period of 90 days.

Reesal said supplies at his hardware would last until the end of the week adding that this was being kept for his regular customers. ‘We have been seeing many strange people coming for cement but they are being turned away because we are keeping our supplies for our regular customers,’ he said.

Asked whether a measure of panic was creeping into the industry, he said, “It seems as if people are beginning to panic but I hope TCL does the needful.” However, he said should the impasse continue unresolved, the company could resort to importing cement manufactured at its Barbados and Jamaican facilities saying the excess production could be shipped to Trinidad and Tobago.

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