TSTT clears the air: No force was used on Elder
TSTT wants to correct the misinformation surrounding the incident which occurred on Wednesday 12 December at the Nelson Exchange involving the Secretary General of the Communications Workers Union (CWU), Mr. Clyde Elder.
At no time was TSTT advised of any scheduled CWU meeting at Nelson Exchange or any other TSTT location. TSTT security management subsequently requested without force that the Union leader discontinue the meeting at which time, the Secretary General and his supporters became extremely disruptive threatening the safety of all employees. Absolutely no force was used to escort the Secretary General and his supporters out of Nelson Exchange. This appears a deliberate attempt by the CWU to thwart any efforts by the Company to ensure that the organizational transformation is seamless.
The Secretary General, appeared at Nelson Exchange to convene an unauthorized meeting with employees. As per Section 19.4 of the Collective Agreement between TSTT and CWU:
19.4 Any identified official of the Union may enter the Company's premises during working hours to investigate employee/s complaints and work conditions provided that before entering prior notification is made by the Secretary-General of the Union or his designated representative.
The Executives of the Communication Workers’ Union are fully aware of this clause and this was further emphasized in a letter sent to the CWU on October 17, 2018, where the CWU was reminded of the following:
“Moreover, the Company wishes to remind your Union of the established practice/procedure (which has been upheld by the past executives of the CWU), whereby the Union gives the Company seventy-two (72) hours’ notice of any planned Union spot meeting, so as to afford an opportunity for the consultation with the impacted line and security management, prior to the granting of the union’s request for such meetings.”
This is a sensitive time at TSTT and the expectation is that the CWU will see this as an opportunity to lead with respect, restraint and responsibility for the benefit of all employees and the success of the organization which the CWU claims it values.