Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : January 12th 2016 Contents mation for us. Our workers, we are
instructing them to be at their jobs
on the 18th.
"We are also engaging the com-
pany as it relates to how the shifts
will be running and how they will
be entering the plant in terms of
health and safety. The 18th was the
date given on the letters to workers
as it relates to their return after the
period of lay-off."
He said because of limited funds
during the Christmas season, work-
ers had to cash in their vacation to
pay bills. He said it was always the
company s plan to have workers
cash in their vacation and it was
one of their reasons for the lay off.
He said the company gave no
directives for 350 Tube City IMS
port workers who were also dis-
missed days after Arcelor Mittal s
retrenchment. He said this matter
would come up for hearing before
the court. He said the union would
continue with its legal action against
Arcelor Mittal for the "unfair"
retrenchment of the workers. That
matter will be heard on Wednesday,
Thursday and Friday at the Indus-
trial Court, Port-of-Spain.
He said the company that was
supposed to absorb the retrenched
workers of Tube City IMS was
already at the Point Lisas plant
doing work that their members
Tuesday, January 12, 2016 www.guardian.co.tt Guardian
It was a bitter-sweet day for the Steel
Workers Union (SWUTT) as interna-
tional steel producer Arcelor Mittal
agreed to have workers return to their
Point Lisas plant. However, over 200
workers of Central Trinidad Steel Ltd
(Centrin) were dismissed with imme-
diate effect yesterday.
Thunderous applause and cheers
erupted outside the Ministry of Labour s
St James Street, San Fernando, office
as SWUTT president Christopher Henry
announced that Arcelor Mittal workers
would resume work on January 18. The
union met with company officials to
discuss the retrenchment of workers
and the global steel market.
On December 7, Arcelor Mittal sent
home 600 workers, saying that it had
no options due to the economic con-
ditions in the global steel industry and
its inability to reach an agreement with
the union to have workers go on vacation
during the shutdown of the plant.
Weeks before, the company
announced that the over-supply of steel
in the international market had dried
up orders for its Direct Reduced Iron
(DRI) and steel products, thus shutting
down plant operations. The workers
were sent home with $2,000 each as
compensation for December 7 to January
15. Earlier that year, the company had
dismissed 800 contract workers.
Speaking to the media yesterday,
Henry said, "They did say that on the
18th, they expect workers to show up
for work and they have no other infor-
Arcelor Mittal workers rehired
With their new battle to have workers reinstated at Centrin,
Henry called for government's intervention, saying dismissing
workers during the current economic slow-down should be a last
resort for companies.
He said companies were taking advantage of the over-supply of
steel in the global market and Centrin was copying that action as a
ploy to get rid of the union. He said there was no discussion with
the company over the retrenchment and he called on them to meet
with the union.
"Today workers from Centrin got Letters of Intention to Retrench
notices for 45 days. The company would have indicated to the
union via a letter that they intend to close down the plant and
curtail the operations of Centrin in Point Lisas. This company has
been operating for the last 25, 30 years, a profitable company.
"This company just invested millions of dollars in 2015 to
upgrade their plant. We are saying that it cannot be that a
company that made a decision to upgrade its plant, have all the
workers involved in the upgrading, and make a decision to close
this plant. Something is definitely wrong."
CENTRIN WORKERS DISMISSED
...while 200 at
Centrin laid off
President of Steel Workers Union Christopher Henry addresses members outside the Ministry of Labour and Small and Micro Enterprise Development
building on St James Street, San Fernando yesterday. PHOTO: KRISTIAN DE SILVA
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