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COMMUNICATING THE TRUTH
THE CWU CONDEMNS PUBLICATION OF ERRONEOUS SALARY DATA FOR TSTT WORKERS
The Communication Workers' Union, (CWU), would like to
publicly condemn the erroneous data that was published in
the Daily News Papers on Friday 18th December, 2015
relative to a perceived and hypothetical Salary for a TSTT
The Union would like to clear the air on what can only be
described as a dangerous and vexatious move to have the
public believe that the average TSTT Worker earns what was
TSTT has some 1600 Junior Staff Workers and some 400
Senior Staff Workers who are represented by the CWU.
These workers would have been operating on 2007 Salaries
for over eight (8) years. The Union pursued the resolution of
these protracted Negotiations and was successful at the
Industrial Court in 2015, when we got a Judgment for the
period 2008-2010. The Union thereafter engaged the
Company in Negotiations for the period 2011-2013 and
after some challenges from operatives in the previous
Government; we were able to have a Bilateral Settlement for
the 2011-2013 period at 10% over the three (3) year period.
These settlements were attained in 2015 some eight (8)
years late and only resulted in employee's salaries been
brought up to December 2013. This occurred in a Company
that recorded over One Billion Dollars ($1B) in accumulated
Profits during the period 2008-2015 and paid out obscene
Bonus in the sum of eight hundred million dollars ($800M)
to Executives, Managers and Professionals over that period.
The Union wishes to state emphatically that despite these
two (2) settlements, the average Junior Staff TSTT Employee
would not be earning the erroneous figure that was
published in the Trinidad Guardian. We are aware that the
Guardian Reporter who was present was Mr. Anthony Wilson
of the Business Guardian and he attempted to solicit such
information during the signing ceremony without success,
that is why he tried to cover the mischief by stating that it is
hypothetical. The CWU considers this to be rather
disingenuous on the part of the reporter and condemns
this disclosure in the strongest manner.
We recall that this Business Guardian and other arms of the
Media together with the Chambers of Commerce, the
Bankers Association, operatives in the Government and
other sectors of the Business Community were up in arms
against the Governor of the Central Bank when he recently
announced publicly, those Companies who were utilising
the major chunk of the Foreign Exchange Supply, which is
literally State Resources. The Governor was pilloried publicly
for what was described as a breach of confidentiality and
there are still threats of legal action about this disclosure.
In this instance, workers salaries are their property and as
such ought not to be published in public without their
consent. The CWU calls on those who condemned the
Governor to express similar public outrage at this dastardly
and cowardly act of publishing erroneous salary information
for TSTT Workers under the guise of the Hypothetical.
The CWU would be seeking legal advice on this issue and we
commit to do all within our powers to protect our Bargaining
We would not be cowed into a corner and allow our hard
working, dedicated, committed employees to be subjected
to public pressure and health and safety risks all because
they got their just due from a company that they continue to
The CWU would also like to advise the new Chairman that
he needs to focus in the right direction if he wants to cut
expenditure and increase revenues at the Company. He
needs to focus deeply at Executive Pay, Bonuses,
Corruption, Nepotism, Fraud, the Abuse of Contract Labour,
the abuse of Agency Work and the Mismanagement that has
haemorrhaged TSTT over the years. He needs to remove the
fodders that the Company continues to employ as Advisors
to Executives and those Executives and Management
personnel who are remnants of the previous Administration
whose sole intent was to decimate TSTT and create an easy
rite of passage for Cable and Wireless, Columbus and
The Chairman needs to find out if key operatives from these
Companies are now lobbying this Government for majority
ownership in TSTT as they seek to capitalise on the current
Economic Situation and the fact that the Government is
desperate for Cash.
The Chairman needs to ensure that there is a proper
Governance and Management Structure in place where
workers are recognized for their contribution to the
sustainability of the Company. He needs to look at how the
Company procures and rolls out technological solutions to
the customers and efficient Plant and Equipment, inclusive
of Fibre to the Home, so that the employees could have
something proper to maintain for the Customer Service
Levels to be maintained as he would like to see it.
The CWU would not allow him to wrongfully attack the
Bargaining Unit Employees at TSTT for the perceived sins at
TSTT. We would stand in defence of our members who have
and continues to work hard to keep TSTT afloat.
The CWU is quite clear of the message that the Chairman
wishes to send, but we would like him to know that those ill
conceived pronouncements that he made about "whatever
strategy, wage freeze or reduction or head reduction cutting
costs, we have to generate significant cash flow services,"
would not be part of any discussions with the CWU for
Bargaining Unit Employees. It is the Bargaining Unit
Employees who have been the ones that has made TSTT
survive and thrive up until now. While we all want to see the
Company survive and thrive and would be willing to partner
with the Company on realistic, feasible, logical, objective
and humane solutions for the long term viability of TSTT, we
would not allow Mr. Elias or anyone to violate the provisions
of our Collective Agreement and the principles of Good and
Proper Industrial Relations Practice.
FOR THIS WE DARE TO STRUGGLE!!!
A word to the Wise is sufficient.
Original signed by
Senior lecturer at the
University of T&T
(UTT) Krishna Samai,
proved that he was the
most consistent player
of 2015 with his win at
the Brechin Castle Golf
Club Annual Christmas
Hamper in Couva, last
Samai also won the C-
Class division in the Club
Championship in August.
Every year the Brechin
Castle Golf Club hosts
this hamper in December
as a way of saying thanks
to its members and
employees for another
year of support. The for-
mat of the game was 3/4
This year saw a record
turnout with a showing
of 41 players plus 13
invited guests from other
clubs. Rounding off the
top three were Ramsingh
Boodoosingh, the club s
captain and Pooran
Singh, the club s treas-
urer, a previous monthly
The other members
who finished in the top
ten were Nandlal Ram-
lakhan, Johanson Singh,
Fabian Kublalsingh, Dave
Judo T&T (JudoTT), the governing body
for judo in T&T ended an eventful 2015
with Judo Training Clinics featuring Noel
Le Hecho, Seventh Dan (Royal Spanish
A total of six clinics were held at two
locations, El Dorado and Port-of-Spain
from December 6 - 11 with over 30 par-
ticipants from around the country having
benefited from the sessions.
The purpose of the clinics was to explore
the fundamentals of balance and movement
to enhance the execution of all throwing
All of the methods shown were consistent
with the principals of judo, which are max-
imum efficient use of energy and mutual
benefit for self and others.
"The clinics were a huge success," said
Wedd Eastman, president of JudoTT.
"We ve already seen participants making
up their own combinations of techniques.
They are thinking on their own now, not
having to rely on others for ideas. That s
what Noel brings to the table. That s one
of the reasons why we asked him to come."
The last day included a significant event
in the history of T&T judo. Mark Littrean,
technical director of JudoTT and president
of Queen s Park Judo Club was promoted
to Go-Dan (Fifth Dan).
It is the highest rank in judo ever attained
by a T&T national so far. He was examined
and promoted by Le Hecho.
The clinics and Fifth Dan promotion
capped off an eventful year for judo in T&T.
Earlier in the year, there was the introduc-
tion of judo to at-risk youth in Diego Mar-
tin, supported by the Citizens Security Pro-
There were official world rankings given
to Christopher George (90th, senior men
100 kg) and Gabriella Wood (39th, junior
female over 78 kg); T&T s first participation
at the World Judo Championships in Astana,
Kazakhstan; and finally the launch of the
Schools Judo League of competitions
between categories of primary and sec-
wins Christmas hamper
Finishers at the
Brechin Castle Golf
in Couva, on
and Pooran Singh.
Missing is Suresh
Rajkumar, Deryck Chanardip,
Suresh Jagessar and Curtis
All participating club
members and employees took
home ample hampers as a
result of their participation.
The final game of the year
will be a two-ball invitational
which would be held on
December 27 from 9 am.
Judo caps off
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