Minister Public Utilities Minister Marvin Gonzales said he is satisfied that TSTT’s executive management and board of directors was acting in the best interest of shareholders and complying with the collective bargaining agreement in retrenching 28 estate police officers represented by the Estate Police Association.
He was at the time responding to a motion by Opposition Senator Wade Mark in the Senate on Tuesday.
Mark called on the government to tell TSTT to rescind the order of retrenchment for 468 TSTT workers, over vigorous objection from the government bench.
He asked why the company would lay off these workers in a time of economic stagnation and whose interest the government was seeking, as he understood that the 28 workers would be replaced by private security Amalgamated Security.
In his response, Gonzales said TSTT’s restructuring exercise was not a secret, as it had announced that it commenced restructuring discussions with all representing unions since February.