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Trinidad: Petrotrin gets go-ahead to fire workers

State-owned Petrotrin can now go ahead with plans to terminate its 5,000 employees by the end of next month, as the Industrial Court-imposed injunction has been stayed.

The application for the stay, ahead of Petrotrin’s appeal of the injunction, was heard yesterday by Justice of Appeal Charmaine Pemberton at a chamber court hearing at the Hall of Justice, Port of Spain. She delivered her ruling just after 11.30 pm, last night.

At a marathon session, Petrotrin’s lawyers, led by Reginald Armour, SC, sought to convince the judge that the stay was necessary since it is the company’s contention that the Industrial Court made several errors in law when it granted the injunction on Monday.

A hearing of the appeal of the injunction is set for next week.

It is also the position of the State, represented by attorneys for the Attorney General, led by Seenath Jairam, SC, that the injunction is likely to have an adverse effect on public interest.

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