OWTU responds to the Prime Minister on the pending deal for the Pointe-a-Pierre Refinery

OWTU responds to the Prime Minister on the pending deal for the Pointe-a-Pierre Refinery

The Oilfields Workers’ Trade Union said that in a response to the Prime Minister on 3rd April 2018, a Memorandum of Agreement on restructuring was signed between Petrotrin and this Union, for the operation of the Pointe-a-Pierre Refinery.

Both parties had enter into negotiations for the union to take over the refinery, under the name of a company it called Patriotic Energies.

In a media release issued this morning, the union said there was no need for the Ministry of Energy to provide information on the need for restructuring, since this was something it had fought for in the early part of 2018.

It said once the refinery at Pointe a Pierre becomes the property of the Patriotic Energies and Technologies Co. Ltd, it will make good on its promise to restore the jobs and economic activity which ended when Petrotrin was closed.

It said Patriotic’s motivation for this acquisition was not substantial profits, but to ensure employment, fuel security and economic stability for the country.

This response comes in the wake of a statement reported today, in which the Prime Minister said it was the government’s intention, in the coming days, to sign off with the union, on what he called the beginning of the way back for the refinery.

The OWTU said they will respond further on the matter via a live media conference at a later date.

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