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Telecommunications Services of T&T
(TSTT) has responded to health and safety
concerns raised by San Fernando workers,
saying the Communications Workers
Union (CWU) was using the issues as a
"moving negotiations target."
In a press release Tuesday, TSTT said
it expected the union to continue to "con-
jure" health and safety issues as leverage
In response to that, CWU president
Joseph Remy condemned the statements
made by the company.
"It is so sad and unfortunate they have
to connect this with collective bargaining,"
he said in a telephone interview Tuesday
He said the use of the word "conjure"
suggested the health and safety concerns
were not real, and linking workers issues
to collective bargaining was an "absolute
Southern branch president Dylan Charles
also condemned the company s statement,
saying yesterday, via telephone, that it was
irresponsible, as management had agreed
with the health and safety issues brought
up in May with respect to the work station
at Cipero Road.
Remy told the T&T Guardian yesterday
that employees at Cipero Road complained
to TSTT management on May 16 about
poor health and safety standards---mainly
an infestation of snakes---which led to a
refusal to work.
TSTT said, however, the first report of
the snake infestation came in early July,
which coincided with the clearing of a decommis-
sioned sawmill on property adjacent to the work
Remy said it was pointless to squabble over the
dates, as the focus should be on remedial action
to address the issues.
"Don t attempt to do the blame game now. This
will only aggravate the situation," he said.
In response to the snake infestation, TSTT said
the company "took immediate action and contracted
different pest control companies on two separate
occasions," and inspections and treatment for the
snake infestation were completed.
However, reports surfaced on Monday that the
problem persisted, as Charles showed reporters
pictures of snakes from that same day that were
on the compound.
In response to the newest report, TSTT said it
Charles said the company was "clearly playing
with words," as it was misleading and untrue to
claim the problem was addressed, when snakes
were again spotted up to yesterday morning.
"Workers are not stupid," Charles said.
TSTT said it was taking a proactive approach to
handling health and safety issues in their San Fer-
nando offices but the CWU was misleading the
public into thinking otherwise.
"It is completely misleading (therefore) for the
CWU to suggest that the company has not respond-
ed to staff complaints raised since May 2013."
The release also stated the company consulted
with the Occupational Safety and Health Authority s
chief investigator, where "OSHA s input is serving
as a guide for the company in a wide ranging assess-
ment of its properties."
As the word "properties" suggests, the Cipero
Road work station was not the only TSTT building
to come under fire by employees and the CWU, as
workers from the St James Street building assembled
on Monday morning to complain about unsanitary
toilets, dirty carpets and irritating fumes. Those
employees have also refused to work, claiming
TSTT management has blatantly ignored their con-
When contacted yesterday, a cashier from the
St James Street building, Curt Tidd, who refused
to work on Monday and yesterday, said he had not
heard anything from TSTT management regarding
the building s poor conditions.
"There were no changes. It s the same as yesterday
(Monday). There was no word from TSTT man-
agement about our issues," he said via telephone.
TSTT: CWU playing with safety issues
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