Trinidad & Tobago: TOFCO workers protest over health and safety issues during construction of BP´s platform

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19 January 2016

No resolution yet for TOFCO workers

Author: Newsday (Trinidad & Tobago)

[Protesting] workers at Trinidad Offshore Fabricators (TOFCO) are expected to return to the picket line today after a meeting with Labour Minister Jennifer Baptiste- Primus failed to bring the industrial dispute to an end. The workers, who had engaged in daily demonstrations just outside the gates of TOFCO’s La Brea Industrial Estate facility since January 14, are protesting a number of health and safety concerns at the plant… [I]n a twopage newspaper advertisement yesterday, bpTT pointed out that the Juniper project had provided upwards of 400 jobs with up to 95 percent of the workforce being Trinidad and Tobago nationals. …Work is currently being done on bpTT’s Juniper project at TOFCO’s La Brea fabrication yard…

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15 January 2016

TOFCO workers stage protest

Author: Newsday (Trinidad & Tobago)

...[Scores] of workers at Trinidad Offshore Fabricators (TOFCO) who are involved in the construction of bpTT’s Juniper platform’s topsides, downed tools yesterday over health and safety issues at TOFCO’s La Brea Industrial Estate facility…[A workers’] representative… described health and safety at the company as “poor” saying there were approximately five shock incidents…severe shock incidents occur from poor grounding of the shock welds, and which can cause serious injury to welders… “…In the night we have issues [with] poor lighting…” Workers are also fearful of a repeat of an incident which alleged occured in 2015 an involved the electrocution of two workers…

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