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NWU STANDS IN SOLIDARITY WITH TTUTA

posted 1 Mar 2013, 10:24 by Gerry Kangalee   [ updated 1 Mar 2013, 10:26 ]

2013-03-01

 

NWU STANDS IN SOLIDARITY WITH TTUTA

 

 
Orville Carrington
 
The National Workers Union (NWU) stands in solidarity with the Trinidad and Tobago Unified Teachers Association (TTUTA) as it defends its right to choose its own representatives in the face of the illegal, authoritarian action of Minister of Education, Tim Gopeesingh, in placing a ban on the union’s Second Vice President, Orville Carrington. The Minister’s action is tantamount to failing to meet and treat with a recognised majority union which is an industrial relations offence. 
 
The NWU views Minister Gopeesingh’s action as an attack, not just on TTUTA, but on the trade union movement as a whole and on the very concept of collective bargaining in particular. The action on the part of the Minister, while despicable and detestable is by no means surprising, given the history of anti-worker, anti-union attacks by the PP government since it entered office in May 2010. 

This loathsome and contemptible act by Minister Gopeesingh should serve as a wake-up call to all trade unionists and those who cherish democracy that the government in its anxiety to entrench its anti-working class perspective and policies will think nothing of engaging in illegal acts and undermining hard-fought for rights that working people have gained over the years through their trade unions. 
 
NWU calls upon all those who defend trade union rights and democracy to stand in solidarity with TTUTA and warns the government that the trade union movement will not stand idly by and allow the rights it has won through struggle to be undermined by any transient government with fascist tendencies. 

 
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Gerry Kangalee (National Education and Research Officer – Cell: 785-7637)
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Gerry Kangalee,
1 Mar 2013, 10:24
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