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Union: Govt failed ex-steel workers
...Labour Ministry awaiting list of unemployed
Families struggling to survive,
depending on handouts and the
goodwill of others, children hav-
ing to drop out of University, is a
small snapshot of what has hap-
pened since the closure of the Arce-
lorMittal steel plant in just under a
year ago, sending over 600 workers
on the breadline.
General Secretary of the Steel
Workers Union Lancelot Smart told
the T&T Guardian "government has
failed the workers. They made prom-
ises of retraining, nothing happened,
they promised they will give us food
cards, we submitted a list which they
requested but nothing has happened,
for us it is now a daily ordeal because
life is worse than a struggle."
But Labour Minister Jennifer Bap-
tiste-Primus accused the Union of
being less than honest.
Baptiste-Primus said both she and
Minister in the Office of the Prime Min-
ister Stuart Young met with the union
last December "and I requested a list of
all the persons who were still without
jobs since the closure of the plant."
She said she explained to the union
that because of the economic circum-
stances once a dismissed worker had
been re-employed elsewhere they
would not qualify for assistance, hence
the request for the list of persons who
were still unemployed. But she said she
is yet to get the list.
Smart told the T&T Guardian the
Minister initially requested a list of all
retrenched workers, and subsequent-
ly asked for a list indicating which of
the dismissed workers were still un-
Asked why the list had not been sup-
plied more than two months later, he
said, "we just did not have the resources
to compile a list of persons who had
found jobs. To do that means we have to
run down 600-odd workers, it is diffi-
cult. There are only six of us working in
the union office, but we will try."
Baptiste-Primus said she had already
spoken to the Minister of Social Devel-
opment and once the list is supplied the
assistance will be forthcoming.
Smart is one of six union officials
who continue to work at the office of
the union in California, Couva. They
have no union dues coming in. He said
they are only able to survive because
they are getting work from "people
walking off the street."
In his case, he said, "my wife is the
bread-winner from what she earns on
a URP job."
"Some of our members who had chil-
dren in university could no longer afford
to send them so the children's future
gone up in smoke, and some people lost
Smart said "it was only through the
grace of Michael Annisette and a friend
from Maraval who gave us hampers with
ham, turkey and other food stuff that
we were able to get through Christmas."
Workers, he said, don't want to live on
hand outs, "we have been trying to get
the plant up and running so we would
Smart said the union had written
several letters to the Prime Minister
requesting a meeting.
As a result of those letters, he said,
Ministers Young and Baptiste-Primus
met with them on December 28, last
year, when the union "supplied them
with the name of the investor and other
details. The Canadian Investor came
in early February but no government
official met with them," he said.
Prior to coming to Trinidad in Jan-
uary, he said, the investor wrote to Fi-
nance Minister Colm Imbert expressing
an interest in the plant.
Smart said letters were also sent to
the Ministers of Labour, Trade and
Public Utilities informing them that
the investor was interested in a part-
nership with the government for the
steel plant "the only response we got
was an acknowledgement from the
Minister of Labour."
Baptiste-Primus said she is aware
that a letter was sent to the Finance
Minister and the correspondence which
she got was sent to Minister Young,
"because matters of finance are really
out of my hand," she said.
She could shed no light on what is
the status of the hunt for an investor
for the plant, saying the liquidator is
looking after the matter.
Smart said the union feels as if "gov-
ernment has closed the door on us and
workers feel we are too small for them
to be talking to us. We feel they just
don't care about us, they have no in-
terest and there is no urgency to get the
But Smart said the union continues
to hold out hope that something will
happen, "all we want is for the govern-
ment to meet with us. Let us talk. Tell
us if you have identified a partner for
the plant, but don't leave us hanging
like this," he said.
Baptiste-Primus said "I am on their
side, I want to help them, but they need
to give us the information in order to
Over 25,000 sacked---Indarsingh
Former Minister in the Minister of
Labour Rudranath Indarsingh esti-
mates that "more than 25,000 people
have been thrown on the breadline in
the past year."
He said the closure of ArcelorMittal
had rippling effects in Pt Lisas.
"Centrin, IPSL and Tube City also
sent home hundreds of workers." In
addition, he said, "several other com-
panies are daily sending home workers
but they are doing it in a way where they
don't have to report it to the Ministry
Companies are obligated to report
to the Ministry only if they send home
more than five workers at a time.
According to Central Bank figures,
the unemployment rate in the first
quarter of 2016 was 3.8 per cent by the
end of the second quarter it had risen
to 4.4 per cent.
• See Pages A11, 12
Retrenched ArcelorMittal workers.
ARCELORMITTAL: ONE YEAR AFTER CLOSURE
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