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The devastated 30-year old wife of a ter-
minated ArcelorMittal worker, overcome
by money worries, tried to end her life
recently by drinking poison and a bottle
of rum before running away from home.
A number of other wives of workers who
lost their jobs have also suffered mental
breakdowns and are receiving psychiatric
treatment at public and private medical insti-
This was the shocking information passed
on to the T&T Guardian yesterday about
the terrible social fallout quietly taking place
from the retrenchment of 1,800 workers
from ArcelorMittal and its service provider,
Tube City International.
National Security sources confirmed they
were called in to assist in tracking down the
suicidal wife via her cellphone.
"Her husband did not know where she
was and asked us to help find her. We tracked
her down using her cellphone.
"When we found her she was unconscious
and she was taken to the San Fernando Gen-
eral Hospital where they pumped her stom-
ach. But by the time relatives turned their
back, she was out again."
The source said the police, joined by union
members, went on another manhunt in the
San Fernando area around the hospital and
found her wandering, disoriented, at the top
of High Street.
He said when her husband lost his job
they had no money to buy food, nowhere
to live since they could no longer pay their
rent and no money to send their three chil-
dren to school. The eldest attends a "pres-
"Apparently, the anxiety over their money
problems overcame her and she just wanted
to end her life."
Medical sources confirmed the case and
said several other wives of terminated
ArcelorMittal workers were also receiving
treatment for stress.
The T&T Guardian contacted Steel Work-
ers Union president, Christopher Henry,
who confirmed there was an ongoing high
level of stress among the families of the
retrenched workers but he declined to give
Asked about concerns the situation may
also lead to a further rise in the already esca-
lated crime rate, he said, "A certain kind of
dialogue is already taking place among some
of the terminated workers that is not nice.
"The situation is terrible and will get worse
as time goes on. The social fallout has started.
I don't know how it will escalate.
"Every day that goes by it gets worse. It's
a hopeless situation. Right now, the workers
are getting by on the two months' salary
they got from the recent court judgment.
"But when that is finished they will have
no money and they are not seeing a way
out. They have house mortgages to pay, car
loans and utility bills, not to mention food
and other living expenses."
Henry said about 80 per cent of the ter-
minated workers are facing the risk of losing
their houses because they cannot pay their
He said workers come from all over
Trinidad, including Point Fortin, Siparia,
Princes Town, Chaguanas, California, Gas-
parillo, Port-of-Spain and east Trinidad.
Giving a conservative estimate of how
many family members may be directly affect-
ed by the retrenchment of these workers
alone, he said it may be around 3,600.
Henry said he, too, has been going through
his share of anxiety. "I lost my job at Arcelor-
Mittal, too. I have a mortage to pay, too.
"My wife, parents and sisters are sup-
porting me. And my faith in God. Jesus has
promised He will never leave me nor forsake
me and I am holding on to that. I have to
be strong for the union members."
Henry said the union has been trying to
source jobs from security firms for the
retrenched workers. About 40 of the younger
ones have signed up to do Youth Training
and Employment Partnership courses in
welding and other areas to acquire new skills
and they will get a stipend.
Henry said he could not understand the
government's lack of intervention in the
matter. "Maybe they could dialogue with
ArcelorMittal and tell them what they did
was unbecoming of a corporate citizen. You
are the Government. Who do we turn to?"
Hundreds of workers from different com-
panies in other parts of the country were
also recently retrenched.
In March, over 800 workers from Brazilian
firm, Construtora OAS, were terminated.
Another 600 contract workers attached
to the Water and Sewerage Authority were
also sent home.
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A man allegedly caught on camera last October
beating an infant girl after she refused to drink
milk has managed to secure bail after spending
five months in prison. His Jamaican wife who is
jointly charged remains in prison.
Dexter Gobin was released on Saturday from the
Golden Grove Prison after a Justice of the Peace
went to the facility bearing the documents of a
man who had come forward to act as a guaran-
tor.Gobin, 33, had been granted $150,000 surety bail
to be approved by a Clerk of the Peace III when
he first appeared in court.
However, Gobin, who lives at Hutton Street, St
Joseph, was unable to secure his bail as he lives in
a communal compound where the land and property
are jointly owned.
Gobin's attorney Fareed Ali yesterday confirmed
that Gobin had been released from prison.
Unwilling to say much more, Ali said he was
anxious for the trial's start on April 21.
The preliminary inquiry will be heard before
Senior Magistrate Gillian David-Scotland at the
Tunapuna Magistrates Court.
Gobin and his Jamaican wife, Yanique Taylor-
Gobin, were both charged under the Children's Act
on two counts of willfully assaulting "Baby Esha"
during the period May 17, 2015, to May 24, 2015.
While Gobin was granted bail with conditions,
Taylor-Gobin was remanded to the Women's Prison
after police officials learnt she was in the country
illegally at the time of her arrest.
The woman had been in the process of preparing
to leave T&T, before returning to apply for residence
As a result, she will remain in the custody of
prisons authorities for the duration of the trial.
Regardless of the outcome of the trial, Taylor-
Gobin will be sent to the Immigration Detention
Centre, Aripo, from where she will be deported to
Ali yesterday said Taylor-Gobin would be free
to apply for residence status following the trial and
her return to Jamaica.
breaking under stress
infant gets bail
sleeps away in
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