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Chevron workers unclear of who their bosses are

Unread post by bimjim » Sat Apr 02, 2011


Chevron workers unclear of who their bosses are
Saturday, April 2nd, 2011.

The former Chevron employees at the VC Bird International Airport said Friday that they remain utterly in the dark as to their current employment situation and who their new employers are.

The 17 fuel attendants called an emergency press conference Friday morning to express their confusion and dissatisfaction with the situation, after Chevron completed the sale of its Texaco operations in Antigua & Barbuda and other Caribbean islands.

Aviation Crewman Cuthbert Vigo, speaking in the presence of and with the support of at least 11 other workers, said they have not been informed of their current employment status.

“We came here this morning at 6 o clock per usual not knowing what our position is as far as our status with the company is concerned. Our bargaining agent, the Antigua Workers Union (AWU) has not been notified what our position is or what the position of the new company is,” Vigo said.

He said the employees felt compelled to come to the public directly this time, and not through the union, after the sale caught them off guard.

He said he wanted it to be absolutely clear that “we, the workers are undaunted in our efforts to receive severance.”

The employees explained that much of their confusion came from the fact that since the sale they have not been introduced to any new owners and are not sure whether their employment status still stands.

“If you look around you will notice there are no decals of any operating company presently on the compound, we really want to work with the new company Rubis. But we don’t know what they are about; basically nobody has come to say what conditions we are suppose to be working under since they field the court case,” Vigo said.

Another aviation crewman Edwin Joseph said, “I think it’s a total disrespect to the workers here because no one from either of the companies have come to visit us or tell us anything here.”

The employees, however, have pledged not to take any further industrial action to press their demands before the Industrial Court case over their severance demands on Thursday April 7 is heard.

“We don’t want to fight the court order because once a matter is in front of the Industrial Court we can’t take any industrial action, so we reported to work this morning but we are blinded as to what happens from here,” Vigo said.

Chevron yesterday announced it had completed the sale of its fuels marketing and aviation businesses in Antigua & Barbuda, Barbados, Grenada, Dominica, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Guyana, St Kitts and Trinidad and Tobago.

The company said its operations have been sold to Vitogaz, S A – a subsidiary of petroleum company RUBIS, which is based in France.

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