Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : December 20th 2015 Contents A55
December 20, 2015 www.guardian.co.tt Sunday Guardian
COMMUNICATING THE TRUTH
THE CWU EXPOSES THE EXPLOITATION OF RETIREES AT THE TRINIDAD HILTON
The Communication Workers' Union, (CWU), would like to
expose what can only be described as a travesty of justice
and a wicked and inhumane act perpetrated on over one
hundred retired workers of the Trinidad Hilton and
Conference Centre, some of whom have over 40 years of
service at the Hotel. This act is an extension of the uncaring
nature of the current General Manager, Barbadian Leroy
Browne, who has created a very contentious working
environment since his appointment to the position some
four (4) years ago.
To put some context to this situation, the Hilton does not
have a Pension Plan for members of the Bargaining Unit that
is represented by the Union. Despite our best efforts, Mr.
Browne has refused to agree to the introduction of a
contributory Pension Plan for workers of the Bargaining Unit.
Workers are required to work until they attain the age of
sixty-five (65) before they can retire. When they retire, they
are not entitled to any Pension Payment but are afforded a
lump-sum payment based on an agreed formula as spelt out
in the collective agreement, based on their years of service
to at the Hotel.
The Union has discovered that the Hotel's management has
not been calculating this benefit in accordance with the
cumulative format as outlined in the Collective Agreement
over many years. When this was discovered, the Union
immediately initiated the grievance procedure to have this
situation rectified, and individual grievances were pursued
for and on behalf of those affected Retirees. It was revealed
that the Hotel was also refusing to include the years of part-
time service rendered by the workers in the calculation of
their retirement Benefit. This was done in the face of the fact
that the Hotel employs these workers on a continuous basis
for years, in some cases 20 years, as a part-time worker
before making them permanent. As such when these
workers retired, they were not compensated by the Hotel for
the many years of service while employed on a continuous
basis as a Part-Time worker.
In 2008 the Union pursued a matter at the Industrial Court
for a retired worker, Christopher Beguesse for the Hotel's
wrong calculation of the worker retirement benefit, in
particular, the Hotels refusal to include his years of Part-
Time employment in calculating his retirement benefit. In a
judgment delivered in 2011, the Industrial Court ruled in
favour of the Union and the worker, and the Hotel was
ordered to calculate the worker retirement benefit inclusive
of the years that he worked as a Part-Time worker. The
Company abided by that Court Ruling and the worker was
To the workers' and the Union dismay, the Hotel continued
to calculate the retirement benefit for other workers who
were now retired, without utilising the workers years of
Part-Time service, contrary to what was ordered for
The Union pursued these matters as Individual Grievances
for those affected workers and another matter was placed
before the Industrial Court for hearing for the Company's
wrong calculation of the retirement benefit. In a matter
recorded as Trade Dispute # 142 of 2012, the Union
pursued this dispute before the Industrial Court on behalf of
another retiree. In a Judgment delivered in October 2015,
the Court once again ruled in favour of the Union and the
worker, and, the Company was ordered to pay the retiree on
the cumulative basis and for her years of Part-Time service.
This order was supposed to be effected on or before
December 20, 2015. In that Judgment, the Company was
scolded for allowing another matter of similiar nature to
come before the Court seeing that the Court had a previous
ruling for a matter of similar nature.
Consistent with the Hotels disrespect for the local workers
and their local institutions, the Hotel Management has now
appealed the Industrial Court Ruling, thus denying the work-
er the opportunity to benefit from the correct calculation of
her retirement benefits. The Hotel has cited several Legal
Arguments in their Appeal which the CWU believes has
absolutely no merit.
We are convinced that the Hotel's Management has taken
this vexatious decision to prevent scores of retirees from
benefitting from a similar calculation, since many retirees
have raised grievances with the Union over the Company's
refusal to honour their years as Part-Time employees in the
calculation of their retirement benefits.
The CWU would like to condemn the Hotel for this flagrant
attack on Retirees, Retirees who gave yeoman service to the
Hotel while being subjected to exploitative wages. It paints
the Hotel as a very uncaring employer, who stoops to all lev-
els to deny workers of their just due.
The Union questions the reason for the Hotel's appeal now
when they did not appeal the Court Ruling in the Beguesse
matter many years ago.
The CWU signals its intention to battle the HILTON
Management on all fronts to ensure that the Retirees get
what they rightfully deserve. They have given many long,
committed, dedicated and arduous years of service to the
Hotel, in some cases over forty (40 years) and now when
they are supposed to enjoy their retirement after their
sterling contribution, they are now faced with this ignominy,
even while they have NO PENSION Benefits to receive on a
monthly basis from the Hotel.
The Union calls out the Uncaring, and Inhumane Hilton
Hotel and Conference Centre for their abuse of their
Retirees and we say shame on the HILTON for putting a
Choke Hold on those Retirees as the Hotel Management
continues on its capitalist path of exploitation and
oppression. The CWU dares to struggle for and on behalf of
all those Retirees as we defend our Victories at the Industrial
Court and expose the HILTON as the MOST UNCARING AND
INHUMANE EMPLOYER IN TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO.
DARE TO STRUGGLE; DARE TO WIN
Original signed by
onova s wedding day started
with a bonus yesterday --- a
semifinal win in the Australian
Open wildcard qualifying
The Russian-born Australian
beat Storm Sanders 1-6, 6-4,
7-5 in a morning match to
advance to today s final.
But first, the 26-year-old
who celebrated her birthday on
Tuesday will marry Australian
Rules football player Ty Vickery
on Saturday afternoon.
"Just a good day all round
today," Rodionova said.
"I have a few hours to get
ready and marry the most
amazing guy ever and I m so
looking forward to it. It was
really tough to play today men-
tally . obviously the wedding
is on my mind."
Vickery was absent from
Rodionova s semifinal, telling
family and friends that as per
tradition, he shouldn t see his
future bride until the wedding
The pair had not scheduled
a honeymoon because Vickery
is in pre-season training with
his Richmond Australian Foot-
ball League side, and Rodionova
is preparing for the Australian
Open and its schedule of
The wildcard semifinal was
originally scheduled for yes-
terday afternoon, but with
some help from organisers and
agreement from Sanders, it
was moved up to a morning
The winner of the final
between Rodionova and Mad-
dison Inglis gains a spot in the
main draw of the Australian
Open beginning January 18.
The Indian Aces will play the Singapore Slammers
in the today s final of the International Premier
Those teams were confirmed as the top two in the
table after the final round of matches were played
in Singapore yesterrday.
The Aces had all but qualified for the title match
already and finished top of the table despite a 27-
21 loss to the Slammers.
Stan Wawrinka and Belinda Bencic beat Bernard
Tomic 6-5 and Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-2 respectively
and with Carlos Moya taking the legends set with
a 6-2 win over Fabrice Santoro, a player still recovering
from recent illness, the hosts built a lead which was
not to be surrendered.
The two teams will now meet again in today s
decider, the Slammers leading their head-to-head
2-1 for the season so far.
The UAE Royals had gone into the day with hopes
of overhauling the Slammers but without Roger Fed-
erer they went down 24-23 to the Philippine Mav-
The match turned out to be the first of the season
to boil down to a first-to-ten points super shoot-
out after Marin Cilic had squared the match at 23-
23 by beating Edouard Roger-Vasselin 6-4 in the
The super shoot-out also went the distance with
Ivo Karlovic claiming it for the Mavericks 10-9 by
winning the final point of a gripping encounter.
ROME---Cagliari on the Italian island of Sardinia
has been chosen as the proposed sailing venue in
Rome s bid to host the 2024 Olympic Games.
Cagliari and Bari were on a shortlist of two after
beating 15 other cities in the first phase.
In a statement yesterday, the organising committee
says Cagliari was chosen because it "offered the best
weather-marine conditions with better intensity of
wind and greater regularity."
It adds: "Other aspects such as the environmental
situation of the city on a human scale, the travel
time, the Olympic village and the international pop-
ularity as a city of sailing, had a positive influence
on the decision."
Cagliari is 412 kilometers (256 miles) away from
Rome. The Sardinian capital is in the south of the
Rodionova wins wildcard
semi on her wedding day
Aces to face
Cagliari chosen as
sailing venue in
Rome's Olympic bid
Stan Wawrinka...helped the Slammers into the final.
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