A fresh supply of cement was offloaded at the Trinidad Cement Ltd port yesterday and the company's management assures customes that there is no shortage of cement in the market as strike action at the plant continues.
General manager of TCL Satnarine Bachew, assured there was no shortage of cement on the market. Bachew, in an interview with the Guardian yesterday, said 2600t of jumbo bags of cement and 1000t of 42.5 kg bags were offloaded at the port for sale. He admitted there were still some reports of price-gouging. “People are not complaining about shortages. We are trying our best to satisfy all the demands at this point,” he added.
Bachew said another shipment of 4000t was expected to arrive on Friday. The TCL strike entered its 36th day yesterday. Oilfields Workers’ Trade Union (OWTU) branch president Lawrence Renaud said workers were still holding strong to the picket.
“We are prepared to go the full 90 days, except if lightning flashes down from the sky and strike us,” Renaud added. He said the spirit at the Claxton Bay campsite remained “jovial.” However, Bachew said, more employees signed individual contracts with the company yesterday. “More and more people are coming. Today (yesterday) we had four additional persons coming,” Bachew added.
(Source: Guardian, Trinidad)