In a statement issued on December 3rd 2012, the Communication Workers Union stated:
Comrades, once again, the CWU will be staging its Annual National Convention over the weekend of December 7th, 8th and 9th, 2012. After staging two successful Conventions in 2011 and eventually realigning the staging of the Convention with our statutory obligations, we are on track for the staging of another successful Annual National Convention this year.
The theme for this years’ Convention would be: "PUBLIC PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS: ITS IMPLICATIONS FOR THE PROGRESSIVE TRADE UNION MOVEMENT.
Comrades, as we see the owners of capital change their skin like the proverbial chameleon; we are now seeing the specter of privatization and divestment now cloaked in another masquerade, PUBLIC PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS
As a Progressive Trade Union, we need to take pre-emptive actions and as such, we earnestly believe that this is an appropriate time to address this issue and develop strategies to counter and take an offensive against this renewed attack on the working class.
TSTT and HILTON are in direct line of fire since the PP Government has signaled its intention to move in that direction with respect to the ownership of these entities. In the TSTT scenario, we are also seeing a naked effort by Cable and Wireless to engage in old colonial terror tactics in an effort to gain full control of the strategically and invaluable economical and geo-political Trinidad and Tobago Telecoms/ICT Sector.
Our opening Ceremony would take place on Friday December 07, 2012 from 5.30 p.m. at the CWU Hall and would be enlightened by our Feature Speaker, young and Progressive Economist, Comrade Hayden Blades who features on the Morning Edition Show on TV 6. This promises to be a very informative and edifying session. Our Working Session would be held on Saturday December 8, 2012, and Sunday December 09, 2012 at the CWU Hall beginning at 9.00 a.m. on each day.
We also extend an invitation to all members of the CWU to attend the opening Ceremony on Friday December 07 2012 and be edfied about your future as members of the working class of Trinidad and Tobago.