Sunday, February 25, 2018

JTUM to fight proposed Constitution amendments

The Joint Trade Union Movement (JTUM) on Thursday issued a statement, calling for an immediate halt to the government’s indecent proposal and haste to push its controversial Constitution Amendment Bill 2014.

The JTUM notes that the Bill was passed in the Lower House of Parliament last Friday by a simple majority amid an abstention and two votes against even with the ranks of the People’s Partnership Coalition. Not even with the Partnership could consensus be found.

The JTUM has concerns with all three major changes proposed to the Constitution;

Ø The Introduction of a term limit for the Prime Minister

Ø The Recall proposal for a Member of Parliament

Ø The Run off Process to elect a Member of Parliament in the event that no candidate secures 50% of the votes cast

"The JTUM joins with the majority of the national community in condemning this callous and surreptitious action of government in bringing this legislation with significant implications and seeking to hoodwink the population that the recent exercise in Constitution reform had addressed this matter. Nothing can be further from the truth.

The JTUM is now signaling its intention to join with civil society to reject any attempt by government to implement this opportunistic legislation which has one intention which is a naked attempt by the UNC arm of the government to steal the next general election in 2015!