NATUC Says Retrenchment At TSTT Is Not The Answer

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NATUC Says Retrenchment At TSTT Is Not The Answer

The National Trade Union Centre of Trinidad and Tobago is of the view the present business model and strategy will not provide the Telecommunications Services of Trinidad and Tobago with the global competitive edge that is desperately required in these times of unprecedented changes in the telecommunication world. 

NATUC claims the workers are being made as scapegoats and cites strategic and corporate foresight, which it says has been a perennial problem. 

In a media release Tuesday, NATUC said there is an absolute need to let the citizens know all major decisions are taken at TSTT and other state enterprises, government special purpose companies and statutory boards are ultimately taken by Cabinet, on the advice and recommendations from the Board and Management of the respective government-owned entities. 

NATUC said nepotism and what it describes as contracts for the boys, financers and the business elites, continues to plague government-run organisations to the detriment of citizens. 

It said the people of Trinidad and Tobago ultimately pays the supreme economic and social price, by way of retrenchment, lay off, low productivity, no wage increases for government employees since 2007/2012/ 2013. 

NATUC said genuine social dialogue with the Communication Workers Union, at all stages of any contemplated restructuring is absolutely vital. 

It said in addition, the involvement of workers and by extension their union representatives in decisions that may fundamentally alter their terms and conditions of employment must be part of the industrial process in Trinidad and Tobago, in order to seriously move forward.