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Trinidad: 600 temps out Petrotrin severance package

NOT one black cent for 600 temporary Petrotrin workers, some of whom have worked with the state-owned oil company for as long as 16 years. This is the brutal reality facing the workers when the company ceases operations on Friday.

Approximately 1,100 other temporary workers will benefit from the company’s $2.6 billion severance package, but these workers have only been with the company for the past five years or less.

Petrotrin officials confirmed yesterday that its formula, of 150 days over five years, was used to determine who out of the 1,700 pool of temps will make the cut for severance pay and who will not. Acknowledging it appears unfair, a company official said, “We just don’t have the money for a better formula.”

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