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: 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
  • 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
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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.

  • EVERY COOK CAN GOVERN By Rae Samuel Recently, a representative of the intellectual class was on a talk show discussing elements of the acute crisis which is gripping us on all fronts here in Trinidad and Tobago ...
    Posted 21 May 2017, 18:25 by Gerry Kangalee
  • FINAL NAIL IN JUDICIARY’S COFFIN? By Eugene Reynald Whenever Attorneys enter a public discussion I am reminded that the most expensive and monumental buildings in any society are those constructed to facilitate and encourage “quarrelling” and grandstanding by ...
    Posted 19 May 2017, 19:06 by Gerry Kangalee
  • ALL AH WE...? by Gerry Kangalee Underlying all the divisions of ethnicity, region, gender, complexion, race, in T&T, the growing class divide is fundamental. The more the crisis of capitalism deepens and the IMF-inspired ...
    Posted 18 May 2017, 11:26 by Gerry Kangalee
  • WE HAVE TO BRING IT By Rae Samuel Maybe if events were not unfolding as rapidly, without adequate response from the leadership of organised labour, I would have gone ahead and suggested that Shame-less could have called ...
    Posted 16 May 2017, 19:17 by Gerry Kangalee
  • IDEOLOGY AS AN AGENCY OF CULTURE by Rafiki Morris Rafiki MorrisIt is often put forward that in our effort to move forward we must choose between this and that: Malcolm vs. Martin; Garvey vs. Dubois, Sobukwe vs. Mandela ...
    Posted 12 May 2017, 03:16 by Gerry Kangalee
  • WUK AND DEAD? STRUGGLE INSTEAD! TRADE UNIONISTS REFUTE ECA ON RETIREMENT AGE The question of increasing the retirement age is front and centre on the agenda of the class struggle. Employers across the core capitalist countries attack workers’ pensions by cutting benefits ...
    Posted 9 May 2017, 19:14 by Gerry Kangalee
  • GOOD GOVERNANCE! NOT PROPERTY TAX! BY Gopaul Ramroop Gopaul Ramroop works at Yara (formerly Hydro Agri; formerly Norsk Hydro; formerly Fedchem) and is a member of the OWTU Yara District CommitteeLet me first disclose that I am ...
    Posted 7 May 2017, 09:49 by Gerry Kangalee
  • FREEDOM OF (FROM) THE PRESS by Rae Samuel Rae SamuelEven as King Archie continues to show his fondness for old time calypso, (“Who want to go could go up dey/Me ain't going nowhere'') comrades and ...
    Posted 5 May 2017, 07:39 by Gerry Kangalee
  • TAKE A BOW SPOKEN WORD! By Andre Moses Andre Moses is an educator and prominent cultural activist; former president of the Pan in Schools Co-ordinating CouncilThe prerogatives of competition can be a catalyst that propels us ...
    Posted 5 May 2017, 06:29 by Gerry Kangalee
  • OSHA, EMA WATCH ON AS PETROTRIN COLLAPSES! By Raphael Fyzabad Serious questions arise with Petrotrin’s latest oil spill. First let us clear up some misconceptions propagated by Fishermen and Fiends of the Sea. Gary Aboud clearly does not understand ...
    Posted 3 May 2017, 07:32 by Gerry Kangalee
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  • Policy Statements

    These are formal policy positions adopted by the Union.