Workers of Trinidad Cement Limites (TCL) continued their protest action in front of the company’s Claxton Bay plant for the second time this week.
The workers who first gathered on Monday say they are simply just standing up against several issues including the company’s “blatant disrespect and disregard” for their collective agreement.
They’re also protesting what they describe as management’s failure to settle outstanding negotiations, including back pay, noting that it forms part of their collective agreement.
Oilfield Workers Trade Union (OWTU) branch representative, Kevin Arjoon also pointed out the company’s alleged interference with their pension plans, “by under calculating” what is rightly due to them,
“They have removed people from the pension plan, they have removed funds from the pension plan and all of this was done without any consultation with the management committee or with the central executive of the union.”
He said the workers’ medical benefits have also been interfered with, leaving them frustrated:
“The company has unilaterally changed the medical plan and a lot of the benefits that the workers would have gotten in the past were reduced.”
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