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Petrotrin fires workers involved in ebola scare incident

Published:Thursday | July 2, 2015 | 11:02 PM

State-owned oil company Petrotrin fired three employees and is to discipline another 37 for failing to do their jobs at the height of the ebola scare last year.

The workers refused to carry out their duties for three vessels from Gabon, even though the Ministry of Health had issued a health clearance certificate indicating that the "vessels were found to be free from infection or contamination and not in contravention of the Quarantine Act" and despite the offer of protective gear.

Petrotrin said the workers' refusal to do their jobs during October to November last year resulted "in substantial losses for the company", because it was forced to take alternative measures to berth the vessels.

In conjunction with the union, Petrotrin conducted a six-month review, which resulted in the exoneration of 26 workers, the firing of three, and disciplinary action for 37.