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NWU: TRADE UNIONS MUST UNITE TO DEFEAT IRA AMENDMENT BILL

posted 18 May 2015, 18:28 by Gerry Kangalee   [ updated 19 May 2015, 04:00 ]

2015-05-18

TRADE UNIONS MUST UNITE TO DEFEAT IRA AMENDMENT BILL


The National Workers Union (NWU) congratulates the National Trade Union Centre (NATUC) for the firm and unyielding stand it took in demanding that the government withdraw the Industrial Relations Amendment Bill, which the NWU alerted the nation the government is seeking to pass on Wednesday 20th May. 


The NWU further salutes Senator James Lambert, the President of NATUC and the leader of the largest trade union in the country and a government senator, for taking a clear position that he is prepared to place the interests of the working class above his partisan interest.

The NWU urges NATUC to ensure that the members of their constituent unions are fully informed about the consequences of the Bill. We urge that they be brought into the discussion as to how to defeat the Bill if the government ignores the call of NATUC and the call of the Federation of Independent Trade Unions and NGOs (FITUN) to withdraw the Bill and instead seek to consult with the trade unions and other stakeholders before another step in the process is taken.

We, therefore, call on NATUC to encourage its constituent unions to attend the Conference of Shop Stewards and Branch Officers (COSSABO) organised for Monday 25th May at OWTU headquarters in San Fernando.

It is only by presenting a united front and pursuing a common strategy to defeat the Bill that the government will realise that the trade union movement is prepared to move heaven and earth to defend its interests against the naked attack on the very existence of the movement contained in the Bill.

It is noteworthy that the government is prepared to hold its hand on the Cyber Crime Bill at the behest of the Publishers and Broadcasters Association which represents the interests of the media conglomerates, but is quite prepared to treat the urgings of the trade union movement with disdain and scorn.

Far from putting workers at the centre of development as they promised in 2010, the ruling party has privileged the interests of themselves, their financiers, transnational energy corporations and capitalist conglomerates.

The trade union movement in particular and the working class as a whole must learn the lesson that no one will advance, protect and defend their interests but themselves.



WITHDRAW THE INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS AMENDMENT BILL NOW! 

ONE UNION, ONE STRUGGLE! ALL UNIONS DO BATTLE!

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

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

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