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posted 10 Dec 2009, 06:17 by Gerry Kangalee   [ updated 11 Dec 2009, 05:43 by Dave Smith ]
The National Workers Union (NWU) of Trinidad and Tobago extends solidarity to the Guyana Bauxite and General Workers’ Union (GBGWU) as you face the pernicious move by the predominantly Russian –owned management of the Bauxite Company of Guyana Incorporated (BCGI) to “derecognise” your union.

This is a major threat to the survival of your union and indeed to the survival of trade unionism in Guyana. The NWU condemns in the strongest terms this grave threat to trade unionism by the Russian management of the company who represent the interest of RUSAL, the world’s largest producer of aluminium and alumina.

The NWU is of the view that the government of Guyana which owns ten per cent of the company should adopt a firm position on this issue and counsel the Russian management to allow good sense to prevail.

This issue is of major interest to trade unions in Trinidad and Tobago. Quite recently two parastatal organisations, the Telecommunications Services of Trinidad and Tobago (TSTT) and the Public Transport Service Corporation (PTSC) attempted to decertify the Communication Workers’ Union (CWU) and the Transport and Industrial Workers’ Union (TIWU) respectively.

Their attempts had to be withdrawn when the trade unions united and condemned the attempts in a vigorous and militant faction, making it clear to the government that it was not going to be tolerated. Interestingly, like the BCGI, TSTT is partly foreign owned, though unlike in your case, the government of T&T has majority ownership.

It is noteworthy that both foreign and state capitalists in the Caribbean have attempted to deprive workers of trade union membership emphasising the position that all employers thrive on the exploitatio0n and suppression of labour. This is a worrying development and close attention should be paid to this new trend in industrial relations.

The NWU calls upon the government of Guyana to put an immediate stop to the move to derecognise the GBGWU. The NWU urges the Guyana Trade Unions Congress to mobilise its resources to halt this attack on the very concept of trade unionism. The NWU stands firm with the GBGWU as it fights to beat back this vicious attack not only on itself but on trade unions everywhere.