T&TEC responds to claims of discrimination

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    T&TEC insists that no Senior Supervisor who has been accused of using discriminatory language is being transferred to Tobago.

    Its response follows a recent media report which claimed that workers at the Tobago branch did not want a specific transfer since they believe it could “fuel long-standing racial tensions”.

    T&TEC says the transfer staff among operating centres is usually done to fill existing needs, such as the vacancy at the Tobago office, which it says must be filled to ensure the island has its full complement of workers to manage technical work.

    The company adds however that due to the concerns expressed, a decision has been taken to reverse the planned transfer, while further enquiries are completed internally.

    T&TEC also notes that another Senior Supervisor is currently on suspension and will be provided with counselling and training regarding unresolved biases that may affect their work.

    It says this training will be conducted in keeping with T&TEC’s Code of Ethics which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, political affiliation, sex or marital status, among other things.

    General Manager, Kelvin Ramsook, also reiterated that T&TEC is an equal opportunity organisation and will investigate any substantiated reports of discrimination by its employees.