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posted 26 May 2015, 11:38 by Gerry Kangalee
On March 25th, 2015 the Joint Trade Union Movement (JTUM) held a Conference of Shop Stewards and Branch Officers (COSSABO) at Paramount Building, headquarters of the Oilfields Workers Trade Union (OWTU), Circular Road, San Fernando. The COSSABO was called to discuss the Industrial Relations Amendment Bill, which threatens to undermine the very foundation of trade unionism in T&T.
Hundreds of shop stewards, officers and activists attended the COSSABO. They were addressed by OWTU President General, Ancel Roget, who put the bill into context and called on the workers to resist the intention of “Kamla” and her bandits to enact it. 

Peter Burke, executive officer of the OWTU, then went through the Bill in some detail
and pointed out the ramifications of the different amendments. He compared what was contained in the Bill with what was contained in the Workers Agenda. The floor was then opened for the participants to put forward their views, to ask for clarification, to recommend courses of action to defeat the Bill.

After several hours of discussion and debate, sometimes full of passion, the President General of the OWTU summed up the proceedings and announced measures to be taken in furtherance of the objective of defeating the Bill.

Some of these measures include: gathering around the parliament on Wednesday 27th May, in light of the fact that the Bill is on the parliamentary Order Paper for that date. He also announced that on June 3rd, the JTUM will, once again, gather around the Parliament. He insisted that the Bill must not go forward i
n the absence of consultation and agreement with the trade union movement.