Monday 26 October, 2020

CWU: Staff traumatised by TSTT’s decision to close retail stores

The Communications Workers Union (CWU) has claimed that workers have been left traumatised following the decision of the Telecommunications Services of Trinidad and Tobago (TSTT) to close several of its retail stores.

On Tuesday, the state-owned company confirmed that it would be closing nine of its retail stores, but assured that there would be no job losses as a result.

CWU head, Clyde Elder in a statement on Friday said following this announcement the Executive Vice President Human Resources IR and CSS, Ms. Carol David began a series of meetings with the staff of the retail stores.

He claimed that following these meetings workers have been left traumatised, resulting in some of them having to seek medical attention.

Elder said this also resulted in the inability of the St. Augustine and Park Street retail stores being unable to open for business on Friday.

In an interview with Loop, the CWU head said the Union will be examining their legal options and intends to continue protesting the decision.

“Following TSTT’s announcement the Union has embarked on a series of meetings with our workers. Coming out of these meetings our members have indicated they are not in support of this move since it only benefits a few elites in society and no one else. As such on Tuesday, next week there will be demonstrations by the Union outside various offices TSTT offices.”

On Monday, the CWU held a media conference during which they described the decision to close the retail stores as an act of corruption.

It called on Finance Minister Colm Imbert and Public Utilities Minister Robert Le Hunte to intervene as it claimed thousands of jobs would be lost.

Elder told Loop that claims of no job losses by TSTT are not true.

“The workers who have been employed in TSTT through employment agencies for three, four, five eight, ten years in some cases twelve will immediately lose their jobs. What is worse is that TSTT has outrightly refused to have discussions with the Union regarding these workers. As far as permanent workers go, TSTT has been saying none will be sent home. However, the Union has been told should anyone refuse to be redeployed or they cannot properly fit into the redeployed positions they will be retrenched.”

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