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posted 8 Jun 2010, 17:11 by Gerry Kangalee   [ updated 8 Jun 2010, 17:12 ]

Michael Annisette narrowly defeated Vincent Cabrera for the post of president of the National Trade Union Centre (NATUC) on May 8th at the Convention of the Labour Centre.

Annisette, the incumbent president had been under much pressure from member unions of NATUC to resign. Cabrera the former General Secretary lost the election by six votes. Jacqueline Jack, General Secretary of the National Union of Government and Federated Workers (NUGFW) is the new General Secretary.

While Annisette won a majority of the delegates, Cabrera had the support of the majority of the unions. Observers of the situation in the labour movement suggest that the hierarchy of NATUC has moved closer to the PNM and has begun to resemble the reactionary Labour Congress which was dissolved with the formation of NATUC.

It is said the Annisette can count on the support of the Contractor and General Workers’ Union, his own union – the Seamen and Waterfront Workers’ Trade Union and NUGFW.

Delegates from the Public Service Association, which had only joined NATUC a few days before the election, were not allowed to vote because the procedure for accepting their membership had not yet been completed.