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.

  • 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
  • FITUN: GOVERNMENT IMPOSING WAGE FREEZE Joseph Remy - President of FITUNThe Federation of Independent Trade Unions and Non-Governmental Organizations, FITUN, would like to publicly express its solidarity with the OWTU in its current struggle ...
    Posted 5 Jan 2017, 12:32 by Gerry Kangalee
  • ECA CALLS FOR RETRENCHMENT AT PETROTRIN Suzetta Ali, Chairman of the Employers Consultative AssociationOn  2017-01-03 the National Workers Union (NWU) issued the following statement: The Employers Consultative Association (ECA) has called on citizens ...
    Posted 3 Jan 2017, 12:37 by Gerry Kangalee
  • NWU ASKS QUESTIONS ON THE DRAGON DEAL ON 2016-12-06, the National Workers Union (NWU) issued the following statementAfter all the dancing and the prancing in Caracas, we still know precious little about the gas ...
    Posted 5 Dec 2016, 21:04 by Gerry Kangalee
  • FITUN CALLS FOR IMBERT APOLOGY On November 6th 2016, the Federation of Independent Trade unions and NGOs (FITUN) issued the following statement. The Federation of Independent Trade Unions and Non-Governmental Organisations, FITUN, demands that ...
    Posted 9 Nov 2016, 09:31 by Gerry Kangalee
  • NWU: NO TO WAGE SUPPRESSION On 2016-11-03 the National Workers Union (NWU) issued the following statementIt is not surprising that the government has adopted, just like the last government, a policy of ...
    Posted 3 Nov 2016, 00:05 by Gerry Kangalee
  • NWU:WORKERS MUST DEFEND THEMSELVES On 2016-09-22, the National Workers union issued the following statement.The National Workers Union is clear that the government of Trinidad and Tobago is actively working against the ...
    Posted 22 Sep 2016, 12:06 by Gerry Kangalee
  • WHERE WE STAND: birdsong response to Guardian editorial of 2016/09/03 The following statement was issued by birdsong on September 5th 2016.birdsong acknowledges with the deepest gratitude the widespread outpourings of support for our cause that have been aired in ...
    Posted 6 Sep 2016, 08:03 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.

  • COKE IS NOT IT by Rae Samuel See what happens when you are not ready for office? From The Donald to Rottweiler: you mess up and even turn your own voters/supporters against you. George Bush taught ...
    Posted by Gerry Kangalee
  • BECAUSE WAR IS WAGED AGAINST US! by Rafiki The CALL for the organization of African people is based on a critical analysis of reality. The fundamental basis of the analysis is that, “WE ARE ONE AFRICAN PEOPLE!” The ...
    Posted 21 Feb 2017, 09:01 by Gerry Kangalee
  • NINTH COMMANDMENT EDITED OUT By Rae Samuel I write this full of trepidation. I can feel the flames of hell licking at my feet. Woe is me. I may have somehow finally crossed the line. And if ...
    Posted 13 Feb 2017, 12:02 by Gerry Kangalee
  • CHOOSING TO DIE by Rae Samuel Here we go again. The barebacked king of cassava fires off another salvo and shoots himself in the mouth with another of his nauseous nuggets. In the true PNM spirit ...
    Posted 7 Feb 2017, 19:24 by Gerry Kangalee
  • WE NEED A COALITION OF PUBLIC INTEREST GROUPS by Cathal Healy-Singh Crime plan headlines: "hang them high" and "give them guns" - exhortations from the spent elite political forces on both sides of the imaginary aisle. They are proof the model failed ...
    Posted 2 Feb 2017, 08:29 by Gerry Kangalee
  • AFRICANS IN AMERICA: CHANGING POLITICAL LANDSCAPE by Rafiki RafikiAfricans in America often respond to capitalist political crisis as if it is our own crisis. This time it is different. This time the capitalist crisis comes from our ...
    Posted 31 Jan 2017, 08:05 by Gerry Kangalee
  • GIVE DEM DEY HOUSE! By Rae Samuel It's unfortunate and tragic in a sense: I was driving when I heard the radio station announce a 'breaking news story'. Nesta Carter, Usain Bolt's team mate in ...
    Posted 26 Jan 2017, 08:21 by Gerry Kangalee
  • STOP TAKING THE GRIP! by Sylvan Wilson It is really sad to see so many members of the working class adopt positions spewed by the business class without examination for accuracy or clear examples of double standards ...
    Posted 22 Jan 2017, 18:12 by Gerry Kangalee
  • ALL ARE INVOLVED by Rae Samuel "But none who leave here are unaffected. None who leave here are normal.....They will never count me among the broken men..I've been hungry too long. I've ...
    Posted 21 Jan 2017, 12:22 by Gerry Kangalee
  • PETROTRIN: FIGHT FOR JOB SECURITY by Tony Bedassie Fitzroy Harewood, President of Petrotrin - man in the hot seatAccording to a report carried in the Newsday of January 20th 2017, Petrotrin's President, Fitzroy "What should have been ...
    Posted 20 Jan 2017, 04:46 by Gerry Kangalee
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  • Policy Statements

    These are formal policy positions adopted by the Union.