Thursday, December 14, 2017

T&T labour pains *

FLASHBACK: Jamelle Sydney, from left, Emergency Medical Services Union president; Krishna Deonarine, president Government Industrial and General Workers Union; Ceron Richards, president of the Prisons Officers Association; Vincent Cabrera, BIGWU president; Ancel Roget, OWTU president general; Kyrla Robertson, TTUTA vice-president; James Lambert, NUGFW president and Leo Ramkissoon, president of the Fire Services Association lead the Joint Trade Union Movement’s labour march along Independence Square, Port of Spain, on August 4. —Photo: ISHMAEL SALANDY

THE Minister of Labour and Small Enterprise Development declined an invitation to respond to questions this past week, concerning the current environment regarding the state of industrial relations in the country.

After weeks of mobilising in different parts of Trinidad, and in Tobago, what was touted as a trade union movement more united than at any time in recent memory, descended on Port of Spain August 4.

Included in the thunder of his widespread attacks on the Government for its alleged enabling of the controlling elites in the society, the president general of the Oilfields' Workers Trade Union (OWTU) called for a boycott of Syrian-owned businesses in the country.

“Ancel Roget has proven that the labour movement, too, is not immune from the general lack of leadership that afflicts every institution,” the Sunday Express began in an editorial two days later.


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