Crime against steel workers

PRESIDENT of the Steel Workers Union of Trinidad and Tobago Timothy Bailey said yesterday that the way in which the local workers of ArcelorMittal were treated three years and six months ago “is the greatest crime ever done to workers in this country”.

Minister of Labour Jennifer Baptiste-Primus said yesterday that it has been three years since ArcelorMittal employees were fired and not compensated.

In response, Bailey said: “It is a fact that we did not get a red cent from ArcelorMittal when the 644 workers were terminated by the company on March 11, 2016.”

The termination of the steel plant’s workforce came on the day after the company was found to be in breach of several labour laws by the Industrial Court and ordered to make payments to workers.

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