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posted 27 Nov 2013, 19:11 by Gerry Kangalee   [ updated 27 Nov 2013, 19:12 ]

TIWU President Roland Sutherland
The Transport and Industrial Workers Union (TIWU) views with disgust and vigorously condemns the ruling of September 23rd 2013 of the Constitutional Court of the Dominican Republic which has the consequence of de-nationalising and making stateless hundreds of thousands of Dominicans of Haitian descent.

This ruling is racist and violates the international human rights obligations that the Dominican state is supposed to uphold. The subsequent rounding up and reported deportation of Dominicans to Haiti reeks of ethnic cleansing and opens the way for genocidal attacks on those of Haitian descent and on dark skinned Dominicans such as occurred in 1937 under the Trujillo regime when 20,000 people were massacred.

The loathsome and abominable ruling serves the interests of the ruling classes of the Dominican Republic because the overwhelming majority of those affected by this ruling are of the working class and are grievously exploited in the low wage agricultural, construction and manufacturing sectors.

In these times of economic crisis, the Dominican ruling class has seized upon the traditional anti-Haitian ideology to further pauperise those at the bottom of the class structure in order to force these sectors to bear the burden of the economic crisis and to further entrench the policies of neo-liberalism.

To serve their economic interests the ruling circles in the Dominican Republic are quite prepared to use massive violence against the poorest of the poor and force them to live in a twilight world of official no-existence while increasing the profits of their oppressors.

TIWU commends The Bureau of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) which met in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago on Tuesday 26th November 2013 for its repudiation of the ruling and its refusal to consider the application of the Dominican Republic to join CARICOM and to review its relationship with the Dominican government in international fora.

TIWU calls upon the two trade union centres in Trinidad and Tobago to examine the situation in the Dominican Republic and to devise strategies to increase the pressure on the Dominican government to reverse the detestable ruling by mobilising whatever resources the trade union movement can command, whether by way of economic boycott or other means, including the sensitisation and mobilisation of fraternal trade unions regionally and internationally to participate in the campaign to roll back this barbaric ruling.