Where we stand

The capitalist class takes its wealth and power from the unpaid labour of the working-class. For their part, workers have no choice but to combine and fight for their political, economic and social interests.

The trade union movement needs to let the world know its position on what is going on in society both locally and internationally. However, commenting on events is not enough, the point is to intervene and force change. This is why we organise the unorganised.
  • Media Releases

    These are the Media releases recently issued by the Union.

  • NWU: LET US UNITE IN ACTION! The following statement was issued by the National Workers Union (NWU) on June 19th 2017:June 19th 2017 marks the eightieth anniversary of the General Strike and Insurrection that gave ...
    Posted 18 Jun 2017, 20:14 by Gerry Kangalee
  • NWU: THE FULL WELCH REPORT MUST BE MADE PUBLIC The following statement, dated 2017/05/22, was issued by the National Workers Union.The National Workers Union (NWU) condemns the disrespectful and contemptuous way the Ministry of Health has ...
    Posted 22 May 2017, 12:51 by Gerry Kangalee
  • COMMUNICATING THE TRUTH: CWU SEEKS ANSWERS ON TSTT IMPENDING ACQUISITION OF MASSY COMMUNICATIONS The Communication Workers’ Union, (CWU), would like to publicly express its grave concern with respect to the recent announcement by the Board of Directors of the Telecommunications Services of Trinidad ...
    Posted 15 May 2017, 18:45 by Gerry Kangalee
  • GUAVE ROAD FARMERS WANT GOVERNMENT TO OBEY THE LAW The following statement was issued by Haig Community United on 2017/05/13. It was signed by Eugene A. Reynald, Secretary/Director, Haig Community United 1. This Press release is ...
    Posted 15 May 2017, 06:28 by Gerry Kangalee
  • CWU: PM PLAYING SMART WITH FOOLISHNESS The following statement was issued by the Secretary General of the Communication Workers' Union, Comrade Joseph Remy on March 17th 2017 The Communication Workers' Union has carefully noted the ...
    Posted 22 Mar 2017, 05:28 by Gerry Kangalee
  • CWU EXPOSES MINISTER OF TOURISM The Communication Workers’ Union, (CWU), would like to publicly express its graveMinister of Tourism, Shamfa Cudjoe concern with respect to the recent announcement by the Minister of Tourism, Ms ...
    Posted 13 Mar 2017, 07:04 by Gerry Kangalee
  • TDC WORKERS JOB SECURITY AT STAKE! On March 9th, the Communication Workers Union issued the following statement signed by General Secretary, Joseph Remy.The Communication Workers’ Union condemns in the strongest and most vociferous manner the ...
    Posted 9 Mar 2017, 18:27 by Gerry Kangalee
  • OWTU MUST PUBLISH PETROTRIN PROPOSALS On  2017-02-15, the National Workers Union issued the following statement: The Oilfields Workers Trade Union (OWTU) has submitted a proposal for the “restructuring” of Petrotrin to the government ...
    Posted 15 Feb 2017, 12:31 by Gerry Kangalee
  • CENTRAL BANK GOVERNOR MUST ANSWER! Afra RaymondDavid WalkerThe following is an open letter dated 31st January 2017 to the Governor of the Central Bank co-authored by Afra Raymond and David Walker. It ...
    Posted 3 Feb 2017, 05:36 by Gerry Kangalee
  • NATUC: BALGOBIN MUST GO Michael Annisette, General Secretary of the National Trade Union Centre (NATUC) wrote the following undated letter to trade unions.Following a meeting of the Executive Committee of NATUC on 06 ...
    Posted 18 Jan 2017, 19:00 by Gerry Kangalee
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  • News & Comment

    The Union frequently comments on events or receives news of general interest and these are documented on this page.

  • LET US NOT BURN TO LEARN! by Dave Smith The pictures of the horrendous fire in the tower block in West London have hit the front pages of papers throughout the world. At the time of writing, nearly 80 ...
    Posted 23 Jun 2017, 13:14 by Gerry Kangalee
  • TRIBUTE TO THE LATE MARK FROST By Aaron Moyne At Labour Day Mark normally would have been leading a large contingent of workers from the various Units he represented. He came to the OWTU Central Office from o ...
    Posted 22 Jun 2017, 05:14 by Gerry Kangalee
  • NO TIME FOR SLEEPING by Michael 'Bro Scobie' Joseph. Mayday, Mayday, Mayday! SOS, SOS, SOS to our leaders. Where are they? The afro-centric communities are leaderless and without voice. Who is going to fill the void left by ...
    Posted 21 Jun 2017, 03:30 by Gerry Kangalee
  • OIL AND G(R)AS(S) By Rae Samuel Forget the new gas find. Forget the havoc that Atlantic LNG proudly 'local' and globally competitive has wrought on its workforce. Forget the sea bridge and the suffering Tobago citizens ...
    Posted 18 Jun 2017, 12:35 by Gerry Kangalee
  • CAUSE OF DEATH? CAPITALISM! by Rae Samuel Eighty years ago, this June 19th, workers in oil, sugar, on the docks and other sectors began a general strike which morphed into an insurrection, dealing death blows to colonialism ...
    Posted 12 Jun 2017, 18:41 by Gerry Kangalee
  • BAR ROOM BRAWL By Rae Samuel Those of my generation, when there was no mass media or Internet (yes, young readers, there was life on the planet before the Internet), we would remember what was a ...
    Posted 8 Jun 2017, 14:31 by Gerry Kangalee
  • LAW, ORDER AND JUSTICE by Gerry Kangalee My comrade Pex rang me and, as only Pex can, began to quarrel, cuss and laugh at the same time about lawyers claiming that they were defending democracy and representing ...
    Posted 5 Jun 2017, 19:52 by Gerry Kangalee
  • ACTIVIST OR SLACKTIVIST? By Peter Garvey Probably leading Trade Union members are too tuckered out from the last round of demonstrations against the former PP administration. It could be that the MOU between the PNM and ...
    Posted 5 Jun 2017, 08:09 by Gerry Kangalee
  • HOW NOT TO RUN A FERRY SERVICE By David Walker On the morning of Thursday 1st June, 2017 I awoke early to travel to Port-of-Spain from the West of the island in order to acquire a confirmed ...
    Posted 4 Jun 2017, 05:24 by Gerry Kangalee
  • EXTORTION By Rawle Ramjag In spite of our extremely high crime rate, even within the walls of our burglar-proofed homes, the government demands that we expose ourselves even more by revealing private information ...
    Posted 3 Jun 2017, 05:09 by Gerry Kangalee
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  • Policy Statements

    These are formal policy positions adopted by the Union.