4 – Systematic violations of rights
The ITUC Global Rights Index

Trinidad and Tobago

The ITUC affiliates in Trinidad and Tobago are the All Trinidad General Workers’ Trade Union (ATGWTU) and the National Trade Union Centre trade union centre A central organisation at the national, regional or district level consisting of affiliated trade unions. Often denotes a national federation or confederation. of Trinidad and Tobago (NATUC).

In practice

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Anti-union discrimination30-10-2013

On 22 October 2013, the National Petroleum Marketing Company Limited (NP) dismissed 68 employees including 12 union officers alleging that the workers participated in an “illegal work stoppage” at the head offices in Sea Lots, Port-of-Spain, in August. Indeed, the workers had used their right to refuse to work under unsafe conditions as stipulated under article 15 of the Occupational Safety and Health Act (2004) from 13-15 August 2013. First, the workers were suspended and subsequently dismissed. The company have been engaging in out sourcing jobs of permanent workers to contractors which created unsafe work environment and would have resulted in job losses. The union staged a large protest on NP’s compound on 30 October 2013 demanding the immediate reinstatement of the 68 workers.

Anti-union discrimination30-06-2013

The Southern branch of the company TSTT withheld workers’ salaries for the month of June after workers employed at the Cipero Rd. Work Centre and other work locations in the Southern District, took legitimate strike strike The most common form of industrial action, a strike is a concerted stoppage of work by employees for a limited period of time. Can assume a wide variety of forms.

See general strike, intermittent strike, rotating strike, sit-down strike, sympathy strike, wildcat strike
action to protect their health and safety. Workers had instigated a legal strike strike The most common form of industrial action, a strike is a concerted stoppage of work by employees for a limited period of time. Can assume a wide variety of forms.

See general strike, intermittent strike, rotating strike, sit-down strike, sympathy strike, wildcat strike
after repeatedly reminding management of its obligation to rectify serious health and safety infractions in accordance with the collective agreement.

Interference in trade union activities19-08-2013

Orville Carrington, the Vice President of the Trinidad and Tobago Unified Teachers Association (TTUTA), was barred from entering the Ministry of Education for negotiations for having allegedly used threatening language. The union argued that the real reason for this order was to interfere with its right to represent the interests of workers in all workplaces.

Illegal lock-outs by employers23-03-2013

Despite a reinstatement order by the court, the company Petrotrin refused to allow some members of the Oilfields Workers’ Trade Union to report for work on 23 March 2013. The workers had been suspended for participating in a protest in front of Tower D of the Port-of-Spain International Waterfront Centre. The situation was resolved when the union complained to Petrotrin’s President.

Government refuses to reform labour legislation31-12-2011
Collective bargaining hampered31-12-2011
Right to organise limited in scope31-12-2011
The effect of strike restrictions on workers31-12-2010
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