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posted 9 Apr 2013, 16:03 by Gerry Kangalee   [ updated 9 Apr 2013, 16:27 ]
The National Workers Union (NWU) clearly and categorically disassociates itself from the statement dated April 8th 2013 issued by Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar entitled: Statement by the Honourable Prime Minister upon the Passing of former British Prime Minister, Baroness Margaret Thatcher which claims to be issued on behalf of all the citizens of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.

The statement claims that: “The United Kingdom and indeed the world, has lost a woman who, throughout her life, has been a valuable contributor to local and global efforts to improve the well-being of those whom she served.”

Whose well-being has Thatcher improved? Whose interests has she served? She was supposed to serve the interests of the people of Britain who are overwhelmingly working people, but she really served the interests of finance capital. Under her watch the well-being of working people drastically declined, while the well-being of big business barons and finance capitalists dramatically improved. 
The interests of finance capital and labour are diametrically opposed. To serve the interests of Anglo-American finance capital Thatcher ferociously attacked the trade union movement, terrorised the miners and destroyed the mining communities; undermined and emasculated long standing workers rights, drove down wages and workers’ benefits, eliminated benefits for the poor, including children. 

Thatcher de-industrialised Britain by devastating the communities dependent on heavy industry and transformed the economy into one based on facilitating finance capital. She gutted the State sector by privatising many of the companies that were developed by the State after the Second World War and handed them over at flea market prices to finance capital. 
This created on the one hand a small sector of filthy rich billionaires who produced nothing of value but engaged in the redistribution of the value created by working people and on the other a mass of working people who were condemned to dead end low paid jobs, deteriorating housing, working and living conditions and a life of growing inequality and class discrimination.  
She was the standard bearer for Neo-liberalism which has become the driving force of finance capital in this era of endemic capitalist crisis. The failure of her so-called “free market’ policy is clear now that the finance capitalist system has entered a period of endemic crisis and there is no industrial base for Britain to fall back on. Recession has become the order of the day. 
The Prime Minister’s statement claims: “the decisiveness and ingenuity with which she led her Government serves as continuing inspiration to me personally on a daily basis”. 
Our Prime Minister is inspired by a leader who refused to support sanctions against apartheid South Africa and labelled Nelson Mandela a terrorist. Our Prime Minister is inspired by one who embraced the butcher of Santiago, General Augusto Pinochet, who killed thousands of Chileans, disappeared countless more and committed numerous human rights abuses in his seventeen year reign of terror in the wake of his military coup in 1973 against the government of Salvador Allende. Thatcher claimed that Pinochet brought “democracy” to Chile. 

It seems that our Prime Minister is inspired by what her statement claims is “a life worthy of emulation” by emulating Mrs. Thatcher’s assault on the rights of the working class and the poor, by attempting to implement a policy of wage suppression which the trade union movement fought and defeated and privatisation which the trade union movement is committed to stopping in its tracks. It seems our Prime Minister wishes to emulate Thatcher’s admiration for military rule and abuse of human rights. We will not stand for it! 
The National Workers Union will not be hypocritical and shed crocodile tears for one who proudly propagated naked capitalist exploitation, was a sworn enemy of the trade union movement and pursued policies which devastated the living standard and quality of life of millions of working people in Britain and provided a template for the inflicting of misery on billions around the world. 
Kamla Persad-Bissessar does not speak for us! 

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Gerry Kangalee (National Education and Research Officer – Cell: 785-7637)
Gerry Kangalee,
11 Apr 2013, 04:46