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CWU starts petition to save TSTT branches
Clyde Elder Secretary General of the Communications Workers Union CWU) is calling on members of the public to sign a petition against the closure of nine retail TSTT outlets across the country.
Workers received their letters with an information package on Monday concerning their redeployment.
In an interview yesterday, Elder said: "There is an online copy and a hard copy and it is designed to involve the public to be aware of what is happening with the retail stores and express their opinion."
He said there were over 400 signatures at one location and 1000 at the St James Street location in San Fernando.
"We are asking members of the public to sign the petition and we are hoping to deliver the petition to authorities," he said.
Elder said the union intends to take the petitions to the chairman of TSTT, the line minister and Prime Minister.
He said nine stores with 100 agency recruited workers who were employed with TSTT and 200 permanent workers were affected.
"Some of the positions were created and this was not discussed with the union and we are calling for the company to urgently meet with us to discuss this and return to status quo," he said.
He said there was ongoing discussion with an attorney for any options available.
"They (TSTT) didn’t give the union evidence to support the closure of these stores and they wrote and told us we are giving that information requested to support the closure of the stores. Apart from that they redeployed permanent workers from the retail stores into positions that don’t exist in the company," he said.
An emailed response TSTT's Executive Vice President HR, IR and Corporate Support Services Carol David said the letters distributed were the standard for all of TSTT's letters of appointment and were delivered to a few staff members (less than 3) yesterday because they were not available on an earlier occasion when the letters were first being distributed.
The letter was part of an information package affected staff received.
"Yes. Managers were provided with information which outlines all the next steps with regards to this move and this was discussed with staff."
David said training for displaced staff would be conducted on-the-job however in this initial period, affected employees are reporting to the Retail stores to support the redirecting of customers as well as sorting office equipment to be stored or personal effects to be moved.