T&TEC responds to claims of discrimination

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T&TEC responds to claims of discrimination

The Trinidad and Tobago Electricity Commission says no Senior Supervisor who has been accused of using discriminatory language is being transferred to Tobago following a recent media report of claims of racial tensions at T&TEC’s Tobago office.

In a media release this afternoon, TATEC said it is a normal part of the utility’s operations to transfer staff among operating centres to fill existing needs.
It said one such vacancy, for a Senior Supervisor, currently exists in Tobago and must be filled to ensure the island has its full complement of staff to manage technical work.
However, TATEC said in light of concerns expressed by employees in Tobago, a decision has been taken to reverse the planned transfer, while further enquires are completed internally.
The Commission said another Senior Supervisor is currently on suspension and will be provided with counselling and training regarding unresolved biases that may affect their ability to effectively serve at the Commission.
It said this training will be conducted in keeping with T&TEC’s Code of Ethics which prohibits discrimination on, among other things, the basis of race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, political affiliation, sex or marital status.
TATEC said it recognises the need to implement a diversity policy to prevent similar incidents.
TATEC’s General Manager, Kelvin Ramsook, said the utility is an equal opportunity organisation and will investigate any substantiated reports of discrimination by its employees.