FITUN condemns decision to close Petrotrin refinery
The Federation of Independent Trade Unions and Non-Governmental Organisations, FITUN, is demanding that the Prime Minister and his Government immediately rescind what it describes as their ill-advised and hastily taken decision to shut down the refinery at Petrotrin.
In a statement, FITUN says from all reports emanating so far, it is clear that the Government has abandoned their publicly stated position of consultation and engagement with the recognised majority at Petrotrin, the OWTU and has engaged in ‘one manism.’
The union added that the decision to close down the refinery is not backed by any sound and cogent financial, economical and social analysis and arguments.
“How can a Government in a sovereign nation that is on the eve of celebrating 56 years as an Independent Nation, take such an unpatriotic decision based on the advice of a Foreign Consultancy Firm. This seems to have placed us right back to the days when our Energy Sector was in the hands of the Colonial Masters,” it questioned.
FITUN is questioning the decision against the background of the Governments commissioned Lashley Committee that did an in-depth investigation, analysis and report on the status of Petrotrin and made recommendations on its future direction.
It is demanding that this Lashley Report should be made public.
FITUN is further calling on the government to rescind the decision.
“In these circumstances the FITUN demands that the Prime Minister must instruct the Board of Directors to put an immediate hold on this ill-timed and ill-advised decision and follow the principles of Good and Proper Industrial Relations Practices and engage the OWTU in meaningful discussions aimed at resolving this very critical socio-economic issue.”
It warned that the shutdown could have serious implications.
“This decision to hastily shut-down the refinery, if not reversed, would have serious and severe debilitating consequences for the communities of Marabella, Plaisance Park, Claxton Bay, St. Margaret's, Gasparillo, Vistabella, San Fernando and several other outlying districts in the South Central and South Western Area of the Country.
This fallout coupled with the TDC fallout and the Arcelor Mital Fallout, can only add fuel to the already toxic and rampant social decay and the attendant rampant Crime Situation,” FITUN added.
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