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Cipriani Labour College Position Statement

posted 16 Oct 2009, 17:15 by National Workers Union
The Cipriani College of Labour & Cooperative Studies (CCLCS) has evolved from 1966 to the present into the premier institution for Labour and Cooperative studies in Trinidad and Tobago and the region. Recognition of the institution’s role in the area of labour education and national progress and development was endorsed by Dr. Eric Williams and the then Minister of labour, Mr. Errol Mahabir. In addition to public commendation of the value of the College to “grassroots people” the Prime Minister and Minister of Labour, at a sod turning ceremony on the College’s present premises, declared that its future was permanently assured.

Since 1966 the College has made significant strides in respect of local and international articulation agreements and in assisting regional partners in the area of programme development. The College has also increased the range and level of its programme offerings as well as the size and competency of its staff and faculty. It has introduced a robust system of support for students and improved and expanded facilities. The College’s quality approval stamp was given by the Accreditation Council of Trinidad and Tobago (ACTT) when it was successfully registered in June, 2008. Having joined the national quality paradigm, the College is now proudly a candidate for accreditation.

The College is more than adequately positioned to prepare the working class for all the challenges of the twenty first century.

It is against this backdrop that the proceedings for the acquisition of the college by the University of Trinidad and Tobago have started. It has been suggested that in “Developing Innovative People”, CCLCS would be “better poised under the University of Trinidad and Tobago in terms of its future development drive, to uplift its standards and quality of education and training as well as to increase its programme offerings”. To date, the college has not been engaged in dialogue or received any justification for the acquisition other than the fact that it was approved by Cabinet.

The CCLCS and the Labour and Cooperative movements cannot ignore the negative impact of the proposed integration for students, members of staff and the college’s critical external stakeholders. The CCLCS and the labour and Cooperative movements, at this time, can take only one position based on what we understand to be our legacy and mission. As such, we declare an outright objection to the integration of the Cipriani College of Labour and Cooperative Studies into the University of Trinidad and Tobago.

We stand united in defence of the retention of the legacy of CCLCS, the labour and Cooperative movements and the continued Independence of the only institution in Trinidad and Tobago which provides labour education and whose mission is to empower present and future working people of Trinidad and Tobago and the region.

19th October 2009
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