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GROWING CALLS IN NATUC FOR ANNISETTE TO RESIGN

posted 15 Mar 2010, 11:36 by Gerry Kangalee
Labour circles are buzzing with news that some member unions of the National Trade Union Centre (NATUC) are calling for a special meeting of the Labour Federation’s General Council to discuss a growing call for NATUC President, Senator Michael Annisette, to resign.

Many trade union executive committees are feeling the heat as their members express growing anger at Annisette’s penchant for supporting what they consider positions that are against the interests of working people.

Some of the positions include his role on the UDECOTT Board and his vocal support for Calder Hart; his support of the property tax and his support for the establishment of the Revenue Authority even as the Public Services Association is fighting to save jobs and maintain union representation for the workers now employed at the Board of Inland Revenue and the Customs and Excise Division.

Sources within the labour movement have told this web site that the Transport and Industrial Worker’ Union, the Banking Insurance and General Workers’ Union, the All Trinidad General Workers’ Trade Union, the National Union of Domestic Employees and the Postal Workers’ Union are leading the call for Annisette to resign as President of NATUC.

Those familiar with NATUC’s constitution say that it is virtually impossible to sack Annisette as there is no provision for recall of NATUC officers. They predict that if Annisette fails to heed the calls for his resignation there may be growing division within the federation with a detrimental effect on its effectiveness.

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