OWTU has threatened legal action against the company for suspensions while NP yesterday announced it has reported the union to the Industrial Court for an industrial relations offence.
OWTU President General Ancel Roget said workers were not engaged in industrial action but demonstrating occupational safety and health concerns at Sea Lots and Pointe-a-Pierre, and moves to privatise some of NP’s operations to “friends of the Government”. Roget said the union had made connections and did its research on this.
“We recognise who is in the waiting — friends of the Government.”
While a noisy protest took place at Sea Lots at the Petrotrin Bond, all at Pointe-a-Pierre was quiet.
NP has suspended several workers for engaging in an illegal work stoppage at its gantries. They will continue being paid their full salaries while an investigation takes place.
In a release issued last evening, NP said it filed the IRO “pursuant to section 84 of the Industrial Relations Act chapter 88.01 for the illegal work stoppage that occurred between the 13th to the 15th August 2013 at the company’s gantries.”
It said strikes were usually in pursuant of wage negotiations but this was not applicable to this illegal work stoppage. “NP and the OWTU await notice from the Court as to when both parties should appear in this matter.”
The company said its focus was on timely delivery of fuel to its service station networks, airports, industrial customers and all hospitals and protective services. It has been able to maintain uninterrupted operations despite the work stoppage.