Roget: Refinery shut-down has severe implications


    A proposal by Government to shut down the Petrotrin refinery has been met with disagreement by the OWTU.

    The union’s President General Ancel Roget met with the oil company’s board this morning where he was reportedly told of the plan which could affect over 2,500 jobs.

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    The decision to shut down the refinery is an attempt to avoid losing billions of dollars however Mr Roget believes the proposal could “crash the country”.

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    As such, Mr Roget is warning motorists that this decision has implications for them as well.

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    Mr. Roget says he plans to fully interrogate the board to find out how they arrived at the conclusion of shutting down the refinery.

    Meanwhile, Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar is urging Government to take a cautious approach to the Petrotrin issue.

    She says the company’s restructuring should not be pursued in an ad hoc manner.

    She wants good sense to prevail, claiming people are living in fear of being placed on the breadline and of increased fuel prices.