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1,544 retrenched since Sept

Saturday, February 27 2016

THERE HAVE been 1,544 job losses since September last year, according to figures given in Parliament by Labour Minister Jennifer Baptiste-Primus, who said the figure was only an estimate, and it is likely further job losses have gone unreported.

During Question Time, the Labour Minister said 846 workers had been retrenched or terminated in the private sector, but this figure did not include the recent dismissal of 200 Centrin workers, and the situation involving 498 Arcelor-Mittal employees.

Though she was asked by Couva South MP, Rudy Indarsingh, to also state losses in the public sector, the Minister indicated her figures did not include the public sector as, “that investigation is underway, and that information was being collated for the purpose of a question which has been filed by an Opposition member.” The Minister said the 846 workers identified under the reporting requirements of labour laws related to 27 companies. She noted, however, that because the law does not require the reporting of any retrenchment which involves less than five workers, it is possible the number could be higher. She called on companies to minimise retrenchment.

“Our concern is that retrenchment does not become the norm,” the Minister told Parliament. She gave a breakdown of the retrenchment figure as follows:

Alston Building Enterprises Limited (6); Anthony P Scott Company Limited (25); BPTT (7); Brick Force Limited (28); Bristow Caribbean Limited (13); Columbus Communications Limited (19); Construtora OAS (317); Crown Packaging Trinidad and Tobago Limited (16); Fair Chance Racing Service 2006 (39); Goodwood Racing Service (15);

Caterserve Limited (14); Kenson Operational Services Limited (12); Metal Designs and Concept Limited - Mdcum (6); Methanex Trinidad Limited (5); One Caribbean Media (OCM) Group Executive Corporate Services (42); RBC Royal Bank Trinidad and Tobago Limited (95); Regency Recruitment and Resources for Repsol (15); Scotiabank Trinidad and Tobago (35); Superior Energy Services Trinidad Limited (10); Tissues Limited (10); Trinity Exploration and Production Services Limited (48); Trinsulate 2 Caribbean Limited (12); University of the Southern Caribbean (37) and Weatherford Trinidad Limited (17)

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