Sunday 22 April, 2018

Workers decline redeployment after being declared redundant

The Telecommunications Services of Trinidad and Tobago (TSTT)  has said that its decision to embark on its "Digital Transformation journey" continues to be resisted by the Communication Workers Union (CWU) at every turn, in an attempt to frustrate the Company.

This is according to a statement by the company issued on Thursday. TSTT said that the decision to close its Retail Stores and redeploy employees to comparable and suitable jobs has been well documented, communicated and specified with one of the conditions of redeployment listed as employees to accept their "Letters of Redeployment".

The company said that it was satisfied that it made all reasonable provisions for staff to embrace new opportunities offered them to continue their careers within the company, offering affected staff comparable and suitable alternative job placements and made every effort to ensure that they did not suffer any hardship or loss of remuneration.

"These efforts included provisions for retraining to help staff properly to adapt to the new requirements being placed on them in their changing roles within the company. The company established a special internal Secretariat to give affected staff an opportunity to raise any concerns they may have and seek redress. TSTT also held a five-day seminar, hired external "Change Management" consultants to further ease the transition. It was expected that these actions would make the transition as seamless as possible for staff," the statement said.

However, the TSTT has said that some affected workers have decided not to sign their letter of redeployment while others have signed with various caveats.

The company said that since its deadline for acceptance has expired, the company must act in accordance the protocols set out in the Forced Labour Convention as well as Article 21 of The Retrenchment and Severance Benefits Act, as it relates to staff that did not properly sign and complete their redeployment offers from the company.