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CWU COSSABO REJECTS TSTT'S STRATEGIC PLAN AND VSP/EERP SCHEMES
Decision of Communication Workers' Union Conference of Shop Stewards and Branch
Officers (COSSABO), of all TSTT Branches held on February 26th, 2014.
At a COSSABO of all TSTT Branches of the CWU, held on Wednesday 26th February, 2014, the issue of Telecommunication Services of Trinidad and
Tobago Limited, (TSTT), proposed Voluntary Separation Initiative and Five (5) Year Strategic Plan was discussed and debated in detail.
After making a comprehensive analysis of the current challenging economic environment; the significant role that TSTT has to play in the provision of
universal Telecommunication Services to the country as the dominant provider; and, the projected negative and debilitating impact that these
initiatives would have on the workforce of TSTT and the wider national community, it was the unanimous position of the COSSABO that these
initiatives relative to Voluntary Separation/Early Enhanced Retirement and the Five (5) Year Strategic Plan as proposed by TSTT, should be rejected.
The COSSABO calls on the Board of Directors of TSTT and the State, as the majority shareholder in the Company, to take note of the decision of the
COSSABO and be so advised that they should immediately take steps to withdraw these proposals. In addition, the COSSSABO calls on the Company
to take all necessary steps to immediately resolve the numerous outstanding issues which the union has repeatedly identified and which it says are
impacting negatively on the morale of the employees of the Company and the sustainability and viability of the Company, inclusive of the protracted
Wage Negotiations for the Senior and Junior Staff Bargaining Units; the Medical Plan for Bargaining Unit Workers and Retirees; the TELCO Pension Fund
Plan; the TSTT Pension Fund Plan; the filling of numerous vacancies in the Company; the abuse of Contract Work; the illegal alteration of terms and
conditions of employment for Bargaining Unit workers through the unilateral implementation of Organizational Structures; and the infringement of
Occupational Safety and Health Provisions.
The COSSABO further calls on the State to do all things necessary to acquire full ownership of TSTT to ensure that this viable, important and profitable
national asset continues to work in the best interests of all nationals of the country through the provision of affordable and reliable Telecommunication
Services to the nationals of Trinidad and Tobago.
In that regard, the Communication Workers' Union stands in readiness to engage in meaningful discussions with all stakeholders in an effort to ensure
that TSTT becomes the Telecommunication Services Provider of choice in Trinidad and Tobago.
For and on Behalf of the Conference of Shop Stewards and Branch Officers
MIAMI---LeBron James scored
31 points, Dwyane Wade added
23 and the Miami Heat used a
huge third quarter to run away
and eventually rout the New York
Knicks 108-82 on Thursday
James donned a dark mask to
protect his broken nose and was
clearly unencumbered, hitting 13
of 19 shots and topping 30 points
for the fifth consecutive match.
Wade shot 10 for 13 from the
field, and Miami outscored New
York 23-3 over the final 7:02 of
the third and won its sixth straight.
The Heat shot 61 percent, while
the Knicks shot 37 per cent.
Carmelo Anthony scored 29
points for New York, but none in
the final 21:38. Tyson Chandler
had 19 points and 16 rebounds,
and JR Smith added 11 points. The
Knicks fell to 2-10 in February.
RAPTORS 129, 3OT
TORONTO---Trevor Ariza scored
the go-ahead basket on a fast-
break layup with 1:20 left in the
third overtime and Washington
outlasted Toronto for its fifth
Marcin Gortat fouled out with
31 points and 12 rebounds, John
Wall also had 31 points, and Ariza
fouled out with 16 points and 10
DeMar DeRozan scored 34
points in 58 minutes for Toronto,
and Kyle Lowry fouled out with
18 points, 10 assists and nine
rebounds in 54 minutes. Greivis
Vasquez added a season-high 26
NETS 112, NUGGETS 89
DENVER---Paul Pierce scored 18
points and Brooklyn rebounded
from its worst loss in more than
Joe Johnson, Marcus Thornton,
and Mason Plumlee each added
10 points for the Nets, who
snapped a six-game losing streak
in Denver. The Nets hadn't won
in the Mile High City since a 112-
102 victory on Jan. 27, 2007.
Randy Foye had 15 points to lead
Denver, which has lost four in a
row and nine of 10.
Brooklyn's 7-foot center Jason
Collins, the NBA's first openly gay
player appearing in his third game
since being signed to a 10-day
contract, was given a round of
applause from the crowd when he
entered the game for the first time
with 8:02 left. Collins finished
with three points.
PACERS 101, BUCKS 96
INDIANAPOLIS---Roy Hibbert had
24 points and 12 rebounds to help
Indiana rally to beat Milwaukee.
Paul George and Lance
Stephenson each scored 18 points
for NBA-leading Indiana. The Pac-
ers, 44-13 overall and an NBA-
best 28-3 at home, blew a 17-
point lead in the first half.
The Bucks, an NBA-worst 11-
46, tied it at 50 at the half and
built a six-point lead in the third
quarter. Brandon Knight had 23
points for Milwaukee, and Khris
Middleton added 22.
Before the game, the Bucks
waived forward Caron Butler after
agreeing to a contract buyout. (AP)
Masked James leads
Heat past Knicks
Miami Heat small forward LeBron James (6) drives against the New York Knicks
during the first half of an NBA match in Miami, Thursday night. Miami won 108-82.
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