The National Workers’ Union (NWU) condemns in the strongest terms the illegal and violent breaking and entering by a squad of police officers into the headquarters of the Transport and Industrial Workers Union (TIWU) in Laventille in the pre-dawn hours of March 8th.
On the pretext of serving a warrant on the security officer on shift, police, led by Inspector Sahadeo Singh, using sledges and other tools forced open the steel sliding door into the union hall, pounded the burglar proofed entrance to the stairs till it broke, kicked in several doors in the union’s offices and brutally attacked the security officer before taking him away. They also searched desks and rifled through ceiling tiles.
The National Workers Union supports the TIWU in whatever action it thinks necessary to get justice and restitution for this vicious illegal action on the part of the police.
The National Workers Union believes that it is no coincidence that the attack took place in the midst of protest action taken by workers of the Public Transport Service Corporation (PTSC), members of the TIWU, in defence of their health and safety.
It is no coincidence that this occurred in the midst of an upsurge among workers across the country as they seek to defend their standard of living and quality of life in the face of the policy of wage suppression implemented by the employers, chief among whom is the government.
The National Workers Union believes that the attack on TIWU headquarters is an attack not just on TIWU but is a tactic to intimidate workers and their unions as the class struggle intensifies. Workers must remember that the police attacked the picket line of the striking TCL workers. It seems that the new ruling class mantra is if you can’t browbeat workers into submission, then beat them into submission.
The National Workers Union warns the working class that the ruling class and their caddies in the government will stop at nothing to defeat their aspirations to live a decent life which they see as an attack on the quest of the capitalists to maximise their profits.
The National Workers Union calls upon the Joint Trade Union Movement to place its emphasis on concrete solidarity action with all workers in struggle, especially the striking workers at TCL. The trade union movement must go back to first principles: worker solidarity and collective action, not just in words but in deeds. A blow to one is a blow to all!
The National Workers Union warns the government that neither the velvet glove nor the iron fist is going to work. The more the workers are repressed the more they will resist. If workers in this country cannot live a decent, civilised life, then nobody else will.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Gerry Kangalee (National Education and Research Officer – Cell: 785-7637)