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CWU willing to work with new TSTT chairman

Published: 
Wednesday, November 15, 2017

The Communication Workers Union (CWU) has given Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley one week to intervene in the situation at the Telecommunication Services of T&T (TSTT). Failing this, the union will seek the support of the Opposition to expose a situation they claim is “untenable.”

At a press conference at the CWU Hall, Port-of-Spain, Secretary General Clyde Elder called for a “full scale forensic audit” into TSTT’s operations and cited excerpts from an Ernst and Young report to highlight his concerns about a transaction between TSTT and Fujitsu for acquisition of an Oracle Unlimited License Agreement (ULA).

Elder claimed the ULA did not go through a proper tendering process and was not approved by the TSTT board as there was none in place at the time. He warned of serious legal implications for TSTT.

In a November 8 letter to Rowley, Elder reiterated the union’s objections to the impending closure of nine TSTT retail stores.

“The union is of the firm belief that the decision to close down the retail stores would only benefit a few elites and senior managers in TSTT. In fact, we believe some corrupt practices have occurred and are still occurring,” he said.

The closure of the retail stores is expected to affect more than 300 permanent employees at TSTT.

Commenting on the appointment of economist Robert Mayers as the new TSTT chairman, Elder said: “I think government missed a golden opportunity to appoint someone who has knowledge, experience and expertise in the telecommunications field to run TSTT at this critical time. Robert Mayers’ expertise is in the financial sector.”

However, he said Mayers is a very “straight-forward, straight-as-it-is, honest-speaking gentleman.”

“If that is his disposition, which we believe it to be, we are ready, willing and able to work with him.”

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