Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : December 3rd 2014 Contents On Monday night, police, led by Snr Supt
Cecil Santana, kept watch over the workers
and formed a barrier at the entrance to the
company s administrative building as well as
around the workers.
Roget did not appreciate the police presence,
saying the critical manpower could have been
better deployed to protect citizens especially
at night when criminals were roaming.
Workers, he said, would not be intimidated
by the police s show of force.
In fact, he cautioned the police against getting
involved in Petrotrin s business should the
workers go on strike.
"Do not do as you did in the TCL strike. Do
not carry scabs into the refinery to work. That
is not your job description, to pick up scabs
into the refinery. Your job is to protect and
serve. We caution you, advise you do not over-
step your boundaries."
Roget also warned the business community
and chambers against bad-talking the OWTU
when workers went on strike, and said they
would boycott any business that made adverse
"Anyone who comes out to say one thing
against us, just as you want to put us out of
business, we will put you out of business. We
will use our power of economics and put you
out of business," Roget said.
Roget said oil prices had nothing to do with
the millions in losses the company recorded
but blamed poor management.
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"Strike, strike, strike."
This was the resounding
demand from Petrotrin work-
ers to the Oilfields Workers
Trade Union (OWTU) on
OWTU president Ancel
Roget, in accepting his mem-
bership s mandate, called on
citizens to bear with the
workers as they fought for
"betterment for ourselves and
our families, betterment for
The workers, who gathered
at a mass meeting at the
rejected Petrotrin s zero per
cent wage offer and its claim
that it was not in a financial
position to offer a wage
Roget, in his address, said
the company s offer of zero
per cent was "highly arro-
gant, disrespectful. That is not
an offer. Put a figure and let
Roget said the union
remained prepared to negoti-
ate with Petrotrin and had
even reduced its proposal to
15 per cent for all six collective
He asked workers three
times if they were prepared
to take action.
The workers, with fists
clenched in the air and the
Pointe-a-Pierre refinery in the
shouted: "Yes, strike, strike,
"I have always been the one
to carry out the instructions,"
Roget said, adding: "In due
course we will inform the
nation of our next move. It is
better to be prepared for a
tsunami, for a hurricane."
The union and Petrotrin
have been holding conciliation
talks on six outstanding agree-
ments at the Ministry of
Labour over the past two
weeks. However, those talks
failed to reach an agreement
and on Friday the formal
seven-day period for talks will
This will pave the way for
the union to serve official
notice of legal strike action
Roget said the workers were
prepared to maintain a full
three-month strike to get their
OWTU, Petrotrin negotiations in stalemate
Workers demand strike action
Members of the Oilfields Workers' Trade Union (OWTU) react to a statement from their president
general Ancel Roget during a meeting outside Petrotrin's refinery, Pointe-a-Pierre, on Monday.
PHOTO: RISHI RAGOONATH
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