Thursday, 15 October 2015

Trinidad and Tobago Labour Board

Q: What kinds of matters does the Labour Board deal with?
A: There is no such thing as a "labour board" in Trinidad & Tobago. There is a Ministry of Labour with different units. For workers, the two main units would be the Labour Inspectorate Unit and the Conciliation & Labour Relations Unit.

  • The LIU deals with issues regarding minimum wage workers.
  • The CLRU deals with matters regarding any other aspect of employment. To an individual worker, their only purpose is to offer basic advice and direct you to a trade union.* The CLRU is the first stop for workers, but they can't offer any real help without the involvement of a union.

*You are welcomed to join our trade union: Trinidad and Tobago Workers' Association.

45 comments:

  1. Hi. I'm currently employed as an office assistant for 8 months now. My employer pays me by cheque weekly and has never given me a pay slip or to any of his past employees. I've brought it to his attention and have also drafted pay slips formats for him to approve. I know that my contributions towards NIS and Health Surcharge are being paid but my employer does not see the need for the other assistant and myself to receive a pay slip.
    What can I about this?

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  2. can your employer suspend you until further notice without pay without giving you a reason verbally or in writing, and what is consider gross (definition)

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  3. I would like to know why does it take the industrial court such a long time to make decisions. I have had a matter in the industrial court since 2010 and my matter was heard on the 1 of December 2015 and to this date the judges can't make a decision.

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    1. Why is your Union allowing this delay is the real question...

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  4. After resining from a company,after two years how long does it takes to be paid for your vacation leave that u never took.

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  5. Hi i was working in this place for three years now and I end up getting pregnant so i stayed home from December to July to go back to work reason for leaving so early cause I work waitress and the crowd would be too much for me to walk around in and the reason for me to stay in home so long was baby was giving trouble to go on bottle. But my employers was all cool with it cause i told them before I leave and they was ok. But now I want to go back to work and they saying they don't want me back it's that ok

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    1. https://www.facebook.com/ttworkersassociation/

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    2. Hi how can I contact you privately please. Email or fb or google+ please it's urgent I also left a message at the tT workers association face book page but I'm not sure if the page is active. I have two issues I'd like to discuss and know my rights concerning them thank you

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    3. Hi, you can reach our union at ttworkersassociation at gmail.

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  6. Hello good day I have a problem I'm a monthly paid worker i use up all my 14 days sick leave I work two days on two days off i miss 3 days of work from the month. They told me that they send down the info to the bosses n the paid me nine days only can u tell me what to do please

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    1. Contact our union
      https://www.facebook.com/ttworkersassociation/

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  7. Can u work for a year n three months n not get any vacation not under any contract n if getting it will be one week unpaid

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  8. If you work in a company for more that two years and was fired on the spot without any notice .What is the legal action or compensation that can be done?

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    1. Call our trade union: Trinidad and Tobago Workers' Association.

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  9. Where I work you can "sell your vacation" meaning if you do not wish to take your vacation, the employer would pay you a day's pay for each day vacation you apply for. You are not forced to take this route but it is a perk of sort, if you are a well performing employee otherwise they encourage you to take the time off. Is there any Act (OSHA etc) that says that employees need to have a vacation break?

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    1. It's an optional, not mandatory policy.

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  10. Hi. I'm working with a company for almost 5yrs now. They recently without warning or proper reason dropped all staffs 40hr a week to 30hrs a week. Is there anything I can do about this?

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    1. Call our Union:
      This is considered a breach of contract.

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  11. Hi.... My employers place of business is at their residence....the workers share a washroom with the residence the washroom is one toilet and a bathroom which is used by the residence
    We are not given water we the workers buy our own we don't have a kitchen nor a little area we can make tea or warm up our lunches........ its an accounting business

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    1. According to OSHA 2004
      If 5 or more workers, employer must provide:
      39(1) – Potable water

      40 – toilet facilities with soap and water

      42 – Changing rooms

      43(1) – First-aid boxes/cupboards

      45. (1) - Lunchrooms OR (2) Canteens

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  12. My boss was taking out nis for the last 8 months and nothing havent pay.

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  13. Is it right for the local government to work me from 7am to 1 pm without lunch or a break time and no washroom facilities. What is my rights concerning that and what can I do. No union representative came and said anything about it.

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  14. Hi, I currently work at a food service provider where they implemented a shift system but they are not paying us over time or time and a half when we work on holidays.We are also due for salary increase four over four years now and no word on this to date. When i checked my pay slip i worked eleven hours but was only paid for eight is this justified in any way?

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  15. In a case Locke that what steps can I take

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  16. Good morning,

    Seeking advice. An employee was given a termination letter with immediate effect on 10 November 2016, the letter is dated 4th November 2016 however he worked up until the 6th November 2016. The letter states that he was given both verbal and written warning to which he never received written warnings.

    Please help me advise him on the way forward.

    With much thanks.

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    1. Contact our union
      https://www.facebook.com/ttworkersassociation/

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  17. Is there a certain amount of job letters you can request from your employer in a year?

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  18. Good day,
    My co-workers and I (2 co-workers) have been working at a government organization for the past 12 years. We have served four, two-year contracts. Since the last contract ended, we have been working continuously without a break in service for the past four years, with the promise of a renewal from our employer. We are constantly given the run around and would like to know if we have any legal redress or is there any action we can take to correct this.

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    1. You do not need a written contract to confirm your employment. And a written contract is not mandatory. You are all permanent employees and you have nothing to worry about. If, however,any of you are dismissed because "your contract ended" it will be a wrongful dismissal and we will definitely handle the matter if that situation does arise.

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  19. HI good day.
    Is a company allowed to take 2 weeks of your salary if you did not give them 2 weeks notice before you left especially if your Co workers were rude and disrespectful and your manager was a pig? (It was included in their contract to which I signed not knowing proper protocol)

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    1. You MUST get what you worked for. Being in the contract makes no difference.

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  20. Hi have a friend working for a security company in chaguanas ran by a spiritiual leader name garvin. This man pays no NIS or health charges for his workers, you work sunday to sunday for 12hrs an collects a salary of $4,000 a month, if you miss a day he deducts whole $200 from your salary. Now my friend was on leave an he returned to work an he worked for to weeks an keep in mine no days off for 12 hrs. Is it right to pay your worker only $500 for two weeks???

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    1. No

      Contact our union
      https://www.facebook.com/ttworkersassociation/

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  21. Can an empolyer make you work out the day then terminate your contract

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  22. Hi, i have been working with a private organization for the past 8 years, 3 of which i worked part time. bearing in mind had no vacation leave etc. on the 29 december i was told that my service will be longer be needed. what process should i take.

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  23. Hi,i work in the public sector. I recently requested a form for time off fora personal day from my manager, i fill it out giving the reason for the time off as "personal matters".I was called into the managers office which she demanded to know why i needed time off and that writing personal matters is not a good enough reason.what then should i have written?

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  24. I work at a supermarket and was told my religion is a problem

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  25. my company is laying of workers due to slow business I have been called into the office where they notified me that I am being considered to be laid off, they severance package will be paid but the 45 days they told me that i will have to be working to get it.....is this legal?

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