Tuesday 26 May, 2020

OWTU tells T&TEC workers protect themselves as 3 go for COVID tests

File photo of T&TEC employees on duty.

File photo of T&TEC employees on duty.

The Oil Field Workers Trade Union (OWTU) is alleging that three T&TEC employees have been sent to the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex for COVID-19 testing after exhibiting flu-like symptoms. The union said this is in addition to a worker who was quarantined.

According to the statement issued on Tuesday, all four worked together and were assigned to the same project at Park and Flemming Street, Port-of-Spain at T&TEC’s 6.6KB sub-station.

The OWTU went on to slam the state-owned company for failing to shut down operations and protect workers.

“The Commission failed to halt work on the project after the infections and continued to put workers at risk. They also failed to adhere to the Temporary Work Arrangements and the necessary Ministry of Health guidelines to protect workers.

To this point, the union reiterates that T&TEC continues to fail at putting proper measures in place to protect the workers during this difficult time.  The decision by the commission to continue work in the midst of this incident shows a complete disregard for the welfare of the workers and their families.”

Accusing T&TEC of the blatant disregard of staff and their families, the union urged workers to take the necessary precautions to protect themselves.

"As T&TEC management continue to put workers lives in danger they are continuing to violate the agreement made with the union and therefore it shows a lack of civility on their part to protect the workers and the public.

As this development continues and the commission continues to violate workers’ rights the union is reminding all workers to take the necessary precautions to protect themselves and their families."

The Ministry of Health maintains its policy of protecting people's identity and has not revealed any details on the testing of T&TEC staff for the novel coronavirus. 

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