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CAREER OPPORTUNITY - TOBAGO
ABS specializes in the manufacture of products and solutions for the
construction sector. We are looking for an innovative, results-oriented
professional to join our team in the position of:
AC TECHNICIAN - CLASS B & C
The HVAC Technician performs skilled, complex work in the repair,
maintenance and installation of ventilating and air conditioning equip-
ment and systems.
• Installs, maintains, troubleshoots an repairs ventilating and air
conditioning equipment and systems for large units. (Commercial &
• Operate a variety of equipment as needed to perform work.
• Installs, maintains and repairs computerized electronic pneumatic
devices related to HVAC control.
• Demonstrates and apply the knowledge of chill water systems.
• Operates various measuring and testing instruments e.g. multi-meters,
humidity testers, temperature recorders, mega testers, callipers etc.
• Requisitions materials from stockroom and controls storage of materials.
• Maintains electronic/pneumatic testing equipment.
• Reads blueprints, piping and wiring diagrams.
• Performs brazing, soldering, pipefitting and welding.
• Accurately complete ABS's job tickets and requisitions in a timely
• A valid certification in air conditioning maintenance from a
• A minimum of two (2) years' experience in a similar role
• Details oriented and possess the ability to complete assignments in
a timely manner.
• Valid driver's license
Interested persons should submit their resume to:
Attn: Human Resource Lead - Manufacturing Sector.
Bldg. #2 Maingot Street, Mt. Hope.
Applications should be submitted no later than 12th September 2014
President of the Federation of
Independent Trade Unions and
(Fitun), Joseph Remy, has mixed
feelings about the minimum wage
increase from $12.50 to $15 an hour.
"When the People's Partnership
Government came in 2010 they
agreed to put into action the Workers'
Agenda and we had recommended
$20 per hour as a living wage that
lower-paid workers could survive
on," he told the T&T Guardian.
"We are still happy for the
increase, but of course that is not
Finance Minister Larry Howai
announced that the increase would
take effect from January 1, 2015, dur-
ing his budget speech on Monday.
"This Government has been com-
mitted to the promotion of employ-
ment practices which are fair and
equitable to all workers," Howai said
of the focus on labour.
"While we have concluded and
brought up to date the majority of
our industrial agreements within the
state sector, the long delays in settling
such agreements warrant a refocus
on the methodology for reaching
industrial agreements. The private
sector has similar experiences.
"To this end, the Government will
strengthen the existing mechanism
for fostering multi-partite collabo-
ration and social dialogue."
Howai also said the Social Dialogue
Task Force established in 2013 and
chaired by Minister of Labour Errol
McLeod will be asked to give regular
reports on the complex social and
economic challenges facing the coun-
try, including keeping labour nego-
tiations current and reduction of lost
value through industrial action.
But Remy said some of the
allowances in the budget for low
income earners were "cosmetic"and
more needed to be done.
"It is really a mixed bag. There are
some things that look positive for
sectors like Cepep and minimum
wage earners, but the deeper issues
of the economy and society have not
been dealt with," he said, adding that
Government had failed to deal with
labour legislation during its time in
"They did not do anything on the
Industrial Relations Act. No progress
was made in this area," he said.
Former National Trade Union
Centre (Natuc) president Robert
Giuseppi, now an industrial relations
consultant, said the minimum wage
increase was a compromise.
"The trade unions wanted $20 per
hour and the employers had their
view, but Government found the
middle ground and went halfway
with that $15," he said.
He said the onus was now on
workers to increase their productiv-
ity"I think small business owners
can afford to pay this, but impor-
tantly, there must be dialogue on
increased productivity," Giuseppi said.
Mixed feelings on minimum wage hike
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