Most of the national workforce rejected the call by the main labour unions to stay off the job yesterday. Teachers were the main supporters, as their union strongly encouraged them to join the day of rest and reflection.
People across the country were concerned about the impact such a call would have on activities in both the public and business sector. As it turned out, their worst fears were not realised.
From all the reports, it appears that more people turned out for work than the unions expected. Chief among them was the workers of Petrotrin, who the Oilfield Workers' Trade Union urged the rest of the country to support in their hour of anxiety.
It was clear from early morning that thousands of workers were headed to the job since the traffic at key gateways into Port-of-Spain and San Fernando showed a small reduction in the usual hustle.
Many parents, however, kept their children at home in the face of the expected no-show by teachers since few wanted to face the prospect of taking them to school and then receiving a call to pick them up again.
New Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith had his second test in command, following the earthquake, to prove that his men and women were up to the task of protecting and serving the national community. Their union made it clear quite early that they would not be shirking their responsibility to the national population.
The test for the Government was to rally public service, not just to reject their union's call but to respond to the early morning appeal from Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley to put country first.
But yesterday's events have not served to solve anything, since some 24 hours earlier Government and the unions failed to come to a mutually acceptable agreement on the Petrotrin refinery closure.
Ancel Roget may have appeared to be less passionate in delivering a report to his membership, but it was clear that no progress was made. A similar report emanated from the Government ministers who held a simultaneous press conference.
So what is next?
The reality is that all the parties are in a tight position and there is no real middle ground to suffice either party. So in spite of the raised voices across the divide, the future of the refinery appears to be a foregone conclusion.
The experts have weighed in and deemed that a business decision had to be made and that Government had little choice in the circumstances. The workers and their representatives disagree and argue that the company was poorly managed in the first place and they are the victims. We are going to be reading the Petrotrin story for a good while, and we can only hope that it will eventually have a happy ending.