A rally planned by the Joint Trade Union Movement (JTUM) on November 2 is not a "PNM thing", says president of the Oilfields Workers Trade Union Ancel Roget.
"It's not a (People's National Movement) thing, it's not a (Movement for Social Justice) thing, it's not a (United National Congress) thing, it's a Trinidad and Tobago good governance thing," he said yesterday.
In an attempt to promote the rally—which is being held to demand the removal of National Security Minister Jack Warner and Attorney General Anand Ramlogan following the Section 34 fiasco—the union leaders took to the streets of Port of Spain yesterday to spread the word and distribute flyers.
Plans are to have the rally start at Woodford Square, Port of Spain from noon on
Speaking to reporters, Roget said:
"We decided that we are personally going to put our stamp on this issue by coming out and launching what is a mini-campaign to get citizens involved so they will be present on November 2...and talk with people, having them understand why the Prime Minister must respond and why we must come out in our vast numbers."
He said plans were in place to hold similar walkabouts in San Fernando, Chaguanas and Arima just after November 2.
Roget said they were building on the momentum from the last march through the streets of Port of Spain "because people want it".
He added that while they had no intention of seeking a meeting with Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar, they wanted Government to take heed and see the dissatisfaction people felt in the way the country was being governed.
"This system of governance has to be changed, this system provides for people like Jack Warner and Anand Ramlogan staying in their cushy offices while the people, the constitution and the law continue to suffer," Roget said.
He said Persad-Bissessar's government promised change but had not delivered.
"It was the Prime Minister, Kamla Persad-Bissessar, who sat with us as you are talking with me now and asked for support to go into government, the Opposition did not ask for that support and we are not having that conversation at all."
Seconding the stance was, president of the Banking, Insurance and General Workers' Union Vincent Cabrera, who said the rally was "about trust and integrity".
"Everybody is saying today that, this government lacks integrity and you cannot trust them. What the Joint Trade Union Movement is doing is promoting the event so that workers will join. We are organising so that our communities will also be in that march."