Workers gather in the carpark of TCL hoping to get an update on outstanding COLA. (Image by KRISTIAN DE SILVA)
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Two months have passed in the new year and workers from Trinidad Cement Limited (TCL) say they have not been paid Cost of Living Allowance (COLA) and other benefits since 2015.

Around 6 am, some 40 workers led by the Oilfield Workers Trade Union (OWTU) gathered in the carpark of the TCL compound in Claxton Bay, hoping to get an update on their outstanding benefits.

The gathering did not hamper operations at the company.

Branch Secretary of the OWTU, Akini Solomon, told Guardian Media that over 100 retirees and 200 permanent and casual workers are owed these monies since 2015.

He said TCL has raised the price of cement recently but has failed to pay the workers their just dues.

“COLA is supposed to be a buffer for workers to cope with rising inflation. They have left workers to suffer,” Solomon said.

“We want to know why money is not paid since 2015. This is a few months now we have been gathering here. We met in December 2021 and the General Manager said they had the money to pay; it is available.  This is March and it still has not been paid,” Solomon added.

Solomon stated that workers will continue to keep up the struggle.


This is a developing story and Guardian Media will update as information unfolds.