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NEW MEDICAL PLAN
PETROTRIN WORKERS AND
RETIREES MUST NOT SIGN
THIS ILLEGAL MEDICAL PLAN!
On February 17TH 2012, the OWTU and PETROTRIN signed a Memorandum of Agreement
(MOA) registered with the Industrial Court, to enhance all PETROTRIN's Medical Plans and the
Retirees Medical Plan using the TRINMAR Medical Plan as a model. The Company never hon-
oured or respected this legally binding MEMORANDUM OF AGREEMENT!
Petrotrin has violated with Impunity the following:
Article #26 of the PETROTRIN Hourly Weekly Collective Agreement
Article #23 of the PETROTRIN Monthly Rated Junior Staff Collective Agreement
Article #21 of the PETROTRIN Monthly Paid Collective Agreement
Article #20 of the PETROTRIN Hospital Domestic Collective Agreement
The text of the above articles reads:
"During the continuance of this Agreement, the Company will NOT voluntarily terminate
or substantially alter the provisions of the benefit plans viz: Housing Aid Plan, Savings
Plan, Supplemental Savings Plan, Permanent Total Disability Plans, in such a way to
adversely affect the plans or the Regulations without first having consulted the Union as
to the effects upon the workers in the bargaining unit covered by this Agreement."
"However, in respect of the Employees' Benefit Plans, Pension Fund A, Pension Fund B,
and the Employees Medical Plan, the Company and the Union MUST agree on any
changes to the Plans."
This new Medical Plan is a private arrangement between the Company and Guardian Life which
violates with impunity the Collective Agreement and therefore the Union has commenced legal
action against the Company in this matter.
We see this as an attempt by PETROTRIN's top management to create an unstable industrial
relations environment by provoking workers to take particular courses of action.
WORKERS AND RETIREES MUST NOT SIGN AWAY BENEFITS TO A PRIVATE INSURANCE
PROVIDER. This provider has no allegiance to you or your family and is not part of your
current medical plan arrangements.
IT MUST BE MADE ABSOLUTELY CLEAR that there have been no consultations, no
meetings, no agreements, and no discussions with the Recognized Majority Union (RMU) - the
Oilfields Workers' Trade Union as it relates to this illegal plan.
After declining to host Group Two of the
Caribbean Football Union Women s Olympic
Qualifiers last month due to a lack of finances,
the T&T Football Association (T&TFA) has
now been asked by CFU to consider reversing
This was confirmed by T&TFA General Sec-
retary, Sheldon Phillips when contacted for an
update on the preparations of the senior
women s unit for the four-team qualifiers which
will also involve St Lucia, Antigua & Barbuda
and Cayman Islands.
Last month, the T&TFA turned down the
offer to host the CFU Group Two qualifiers
because of a lack of finances and in turn St
Lucia FA took up the decision to host the qual-
However, a week before the tournament, St
Lucia and most of the Lesser Antilles were
ravaged by Tropical Storm Danny and a few
days later by Tropical Storm Erika, which forced its
federation to postpone the staging of the qualifiers.
Over the following weeks, the St Lucia FA informed
CFU that it was not in a position to continue as host
of the event, and in turn CFU wrote to the T&TFA
asking if it would consider its initial request to host
The local body is now working towards finalising
a date with its sponsors and stakeholders for the
hosting of the event from which one team will advance
to the four-team Women s Final Round from which
the top three teams will advance to the Concacaf
Final Round Qualifiers.
Meanwhile, US-born coach Randy Waldrum is
also awaiting confirmation of the CFU qualifying
dates before returning to T&T to finalise preparation
of the women s team.
Waldrum was last in charge of the women s team
when they came within a win of appearing at a first
ever Fifa Women s World Cup in Canada earlier this
year, but fell at the last hurdle, 1--0 on aggregate to
Ecuador in a continental playoff.
Phillips said Waldrum, who has recently completed
his season with Houston Dash in the NWSL, is expect-
ed to return to Trinidad within the next two weeks.
Phillips noted that the Women s CFU qualifiers
must take place before the first week of November,
which will allow the already qualified teams enough
time to make the necessary arrangements for the
CFU Final Round Tournament.
Currently, the national women s team is being pre-
pared by former national Olympic team midfielder
and USA-based women s coach Anthony Creece.
T&T set to host CFU Women qualifiers
Fire Service had its three-match winning streak
to start the Central Football Association Premier
Division halted after it was held to a 2--2 draw by
Enterprise Youths at Edinburgh 500 Recreation
Ground on Friday.
However, early on it looked as though Fire would
coast to another easy three points when Kevon Corn-
wall and Michael Hospedales netted in the tenth and
12th minutes, respectively, for a 2--0 lead.
But Enterprise hit back in the 25th minute through
Darell Mc Donald to trail 2--1 at the interval, before
Akil Nichols netted the equaliser in the 55th after
which both teams failed to find a winner.
The drawn result saw Fire move to ten points from
four matches, one ahead of former champions Leeds
FC which blanked Carapichaima Playmakers FC 2--0
at New Settlement Ground on Thursday with Dillon
Thomas scoring in the 45th and 90th minutes.
Central Soccer World is joint third with Enterprise
Youths followings its 4--0 mauling of Inter-National
Connection FC with Jeron Francis and Micah Crooks
scoring two goals apiece also at New Settlement on
And in Saturday s lone match, Perseverance United
FC edged Perseverance Ball Runners 2--1 at Couva
Enterprise Youths cool
Fire in CFA Premier
...coach Waldrum yet to arrive
Central Soccer World 4 (Jeron Francis 5th, 16th,
Micah Crooks 50th, 61st) vs Inter-National
Connection FC 0
Leeds FC 2 (Dillon Thomas 45th, 90th) vs
Carapichaima Playmakers FC 0
Fire Service FC 2 (Kevon Cornwall 10th, Michael
Hospedales 12th) vs Enterprise Youths 2 (Darell
Mc Donald 25th, Akil Nichols 55th)
Perseverance United 2 (Akil London 28th,
Malcolm Nedd 54th) vs Perseverance Ball
Runners 1 (David Maloney 13th)
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