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posted 22 Apr 2016, 12:40 by Gerry Kangalee   [ updated 22 Apr 2016, 12:49 ]

On April 22nd 2016, the National Workers Union issued the following statement

The National Workers Union (NWU) stands in solidarity with the almost 200 casual workers laid off by the San Fernando City Council and their union the Contractors and General Workers Union (C&GWTU).

These workers are the latest victims of the capitalist crisis which has resulted in the workers of this country being forced to pay the price for a crisis which they had no part in triggering.

These workers have been thrown on the rubbish heap, to join workers of Arcelor Mittal, casual workers in other local government areas, contract workers throughout the country, OAS workers, workers at Centrin, Tube City, NGC, Repsol and other areas.

Ermine De Bique-Meade
Further, the National Workers Union (NWU) condemns in the strongest possible terms the arrest of Comrade Ermine DeBique-Meade, General Secretary of the Contractors and General Workers Trade Union (C&GWTU), during the course of her efforts to seek the interest of members of her union, permanent workers, who had been wrongly placed on the casual list to be laid off.

While, the government and the employers make noises about tripartism and collaboration with the unions, they are, in fact, pursuing a policy of naked assault against workers and unions in a bid to take advantage of the capitalist economic crisis to consolidate their position and gain a bigger slice of the income pie at the expense of the workers.

The National Workers Union (NWU) calls on the leadership of the labour movement to take cognisance of the concentrated assault on the workers in general and the trade union movement in particular and to initiate a campaign of mobilisation, not only of their members, but of all working people in the country.

This mobilisation must involve explaining the implications of this renewed assault on the standard of living and quality of life of working people and to get from them their views on how best to fight back against these attacks and to develop a programme aimed at putting a stop to the attempts by the employers and the state to make working people and the poor pay for a crisis that they did not create.


Gerry Kangalee (National Education and Research Officer.  Cell: 785-7637)