JTUM leader Ancel Roget - Jack does not have labour support
..."we cannot be bought"
Joint Trade Union Movement leader, Ancel Roget yesterday said labour was not about to be bought by any of the political parties. His statement comes on the heels of a report that the Independent Liberal Party and Jack Warner had support from labour groups.
“We want to make a bold statement here that we will not be wooed by any red, yellow or green and especially green where green these days represent not just green to politics but a level of greed,” Roget said referring to the three colours adopted by the People’s National Movement, the United National Congress and the ILP respectively.
“The same person, Jack Warner, would have been identified breaking down strike camps and we hold very passionately issues of strike camps and so on and we will have a lot to say going forward,” he said.
Roget, who is also the head of the Oilfields Workers' Trade Union is also an executive member of the Movement for Social Justice which formed part of the People’s Partnership for its first two years in Government. Yesterday’s meeting was held for the first time at the Rienzi Complex in Couva, the defacto home of the UNC.
While Roget kept both the agenda for the meeting and the choice of venue close to his chest, he did say that the group was once again looking at the workers agenda.
“We have a very tight agenda and some specific issues to discuss. That has been on the back burner while we see all kind of politicking taking place,” he said.
He said the venue of the meeting was to fulfill a “particular agenda and specific strategy”. “This country is going to feel the brunt of the trade union movement, the likes of which they have never seen before,” he said.