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Chevron case here will set precedent

Unread post by bimjim » Tue Mar 22, 2011

http://www.antiguaobserver.com/?p=56014

Chevron case here will set precedent
Monday, March 21st, 2011.

Chevron employees across the region have been advised to follow closely the Industrial Court case on the severance dispute with employees here, set to begin on April 7.

Barbadian labour lawyer Hal Gollop believes the outcome of that case will set a vital precedent that will determine whether other Chevron employees across the region are offered severance payments.

“Once the Antiguan position becomes very clear after the Industrial Court has worked out the issues around severance, making way for Chevron to sell the company, I have no doubt that Chevron’s operations in other parts of the Caribbean will be affected similarly,” Gollop said.

The Industrial Court here has halted Chevron’s planned sale of its operations in the English and French-speaking Caribbean until after a ruling is handed down in the severance dispute with employees here.

“You have to understand that what the Industrial Court has done is put an injunction to prevent any action by Chevron,” Gollop said.

“I have no doubt that the situation would trickle throughout the Caribbean wherever that Chevron situation has been going on and wherever they intend to bring the contractual obligation with their employees to an end.”

Chevron has planned to sell its fuels marketing and aviation businesses in English and French-speaking Caribbean to Vitogaz, SA, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Rubis, an international downstream petroleum company based in France. The company had planned to have the sale complete by March 31 to early April.

Chevron fuel attendants here, who are demanding they be offered severance before the company completes the sale, staged several days of industrial action earlier this month severely impacting operations at VC Bird International Airport.

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