Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : November 14th 2014 Contents YVONNE WEBB
The Oilfields Workers Trade Union
(OWTU) is claiming political victimi-
sation after its Trinmar branch presi-
dent, Ernesto Kesar, was fired for being
absent from work for just over four
hours without permission on October
17.Kesar, who was a supervisor in the
Procurement and Materials Department
at Petrotrin s Marine facility at Trinmar,
Point Fortin, was served with a dismissal
notice on Wednesday.
The letter, signed by Petrotrin s vice-
president, human resources and corporate
services Keith Ramnath, goes into effect
on November 17.
Kesar, who has over 20 years service
with the company, was already on an
unpaid five-day suspension since
November 10 for holding union meetings
on the company s premises.
He also was served a warning notice
prior to the suspension for breaching the
company s rules to hold union meetings
on the premises.
Kesar contested the La Brea seat in
2010 on a People s Partnership (PP) ticket
but lost to the People s National Move-
ment s (PNM) Fitzgerald Jeffrey.
He withdrew his support for the party
along with the Movement for Social Jus-
tice (MSJ) when they pulled out as a
OWTU president general Ancel Roget
addressed concerned Trinmar workers
at the union s New Lands, Point Fortin,
offices yesterday. The workers had
demanded to know why their president
was fired and who would be next.
Roget told the workers to unite and
be prepared to make sacrifices because
they were going all out to challenge the
"This was done to spite Kesar," an irate
Roget told workers, while assuring them
the union will challenge the dismissal
and the worker will be restored to his
He added: "It cannot be business as
usual at Trinmar. You cannot fire the
president of the Trinmar branch and
expect the workers to come out and work.
They are threatening our job security,
they are threatening our families.
"We must be prepared to make certain
sacrifices. We must be prepared to use
whatever means necessary which is with-
in our rights. We must be prepared to
go to Port-of-Spain and march."
Attempts to contact Kesar were unsuc-
cessful as calls to his cellphone went
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Police say they have made a serious break-
through in the kidnapping and now murder of
members of the missing Brasso Seco family, after
one of the five men in custody gave them infor-
mation that may lead to the recovery of another
According to a CNC3 news report last night, the
suspect gave information surrounding the disap-
pearance of the family and in particular one of the
On October 26, Irma Rampersad, 49, and her
daughters --- Felicia Gonzales, 17, a student of Mal-
abar Secondary School, and Jenelle Gonzales, 19 ---
and her 14-month-old granddaughter Shania
Amoroso, were abducted from their Brasso Seco
The following day they were reported missing
by Felix Martinez, who said he awoke to find a
kitchen window broken and the women and child
Two days later Martinez went missing but was
believed to have been hunting. Martinez body was
found along with that of baby Shania wrapped in
a sleeping bag last Saturday.
An autopsy on their remains on Tuesday revealed
Martinez was strangled. The autopsy on Shania
was inconclusive because of the advanced state of
decomposition. On Tuesday, the body of Rampersad
was found near a tree and she too was strangled
according to her autopsy.
Police are looking for an escaped prisoner, Azmon
Alexander, who ran away from the Mayaro Mag-
istrates Court on January 31 after he appeared on
charges of kidnapping and robbery.
Police say Alexander was reportedly hiding out
in the Paria district and was assisted by residents.
On Wednesday, head of the North Eastern Division
Task Force, Insp Roger Alexander, called for a bounty
to be placed on Alexander s head. He said he would
be speak with acting Police Commissioner Stephen
Williams on the matter. Up to last night the two
had not met.
But in a telephone interview with the T&T
Guardian yesterday, National Security Minister Gary
Griffith said a bounty would make civilians engage
in police work and that could be dangerous.
He said anyone engaging criminals should be
properly trained. Griffith, however, said he would
speak to Crime Stoppers for them to consider issuing
a reward for any information leading to the arrest
of Alexander and called on citizens to help the
police arrest Alexander.
Workers vow to fight for fired union boss
Cops get key info
in family's murders
for 13TH NOVEMBER, 2014
POOR MAN'S DINNER
St Xavier's Prep
participate in Servol's
annual Poor Man's
Dinner at Hilton
Trinidad, St Ann's, on
The event raises funds
for Servol every year.
PHOTO: CLYDE LEWIS
In an interview with the T&T Guardian
afterwards, Roget said Kesar had requested
the time to deliver some letters in Port-of-
Roget explained: "The reason they fired him,
and they could not state this, is because he
embarrassed them when he pointed out (in a
letter to the Minister of Energy) that the
management failed to deal with the issues of
marine transportation and ensuring proper
boats are in place to take workers offshore
safely and that the contractor continues to
hold the company at ransom.
"They could not fire him in the execution of
his duty under the Industrial Relations Act as
a union officer, so they say he was absent
"They feel they could intimidate the rest of
the workers. They feel they can silence any
dissenting voice of anybody who stands up to
speak out against them as they continue with
their corruption and so on."
Saying that Kesar was fired with the full
knowledge of the Cabinet and the Petrotrin
board, Roget warned that there would be a
high political price to pay come election 2015.
Union members are expected to gather
outside the Pointe-a-Pierre administration
building at Petrotrin today, to protest Kesar's
firing and demand his reinstatement.
ASSAULT ON OWTU
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