Unions have made major contribution
Trinidad and Tobago is observing 50 years of Independence this year. That is a signal achievement that should be commemorated with appropriate fanfare.
The trade union movement has attained a slightly more momentous milestone, that is, seventy-five years of achievement.
Outside of the trade union movement itself there is hardly a murmur of recognition. Certainly the nation itself appears not to have noticed.
Many of the improvements in living standards in the society were brought about by trade union activism and many things which are taken for granted as a feature of a modern society would never have taken place without trade unions.
Independence itself owes a debt to the progressive thinking and support of the trade union movement without which the struggle would have been immeasurably more difficult.
It is the movement's ability to organise and mobilise the workers of the nation that reinforced the government's call for the struggle for independence.
That accomplishment must not pass unnoticed and in honour of their efforts the nation pay tribute to the fathers of this glorious movement that has singly brought more benefits to the working class than any other.