An act of terrorism says TCL
PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad, Friday March 16, 2012 – An attempt to bring an end to the strike at Trinidad Cement Limited (TCL) took an unusual twist yesterday when a 24-seater bus transporting strike breakers was struck by a boulder yesterday.
This is the latest twist to the TCL strike, as striking workers continue to attack those who opted to accept individual packages offered by the company and return to work.
TCL management described the attack in which no one was injured as an act of terrorism after it occurred near St. Margaret’s Junction, in Claxton Bay around 3:15 p.m.
It was reported that the bus’s glass was shattered when the boulder was thrown into the bus, as workers were being shuttled back to their vehicles at Paraiso Entertainment Centre in Macaulay when the incident occurred.
General Manager of TCL, Satnarine Bachew, described the incident as an act of terrorism, and a desperate act by the union to intimidate workers exercising their right to work.
Passengers reported hearing what sounded like a “loud explosion”, followed by “a shower of glass” inside the bus after the boulder was thrown into the vehicle.
However, Oilfields Workers’ Trade Union (OWTU) branch president, Lawrence Renaud said he was aware of the incident, and promised that it would be investigated.
TCL workers started what was supposed to be a 90-day strike after wage talks between the OWTU and the TCL broke down. However, several workers accepted individual packages offered by the company and returned to work.
It was also reported in a section of the Press that the names of all those who returned to work were posted at the entrance of the company and the tyres of some vehicles of company officials were punctured by nails.