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posted 1 Oct 2015, 06:50 by Gerry Kangalee
 The Joint Trade Union Movement (JTUM) has vowed to mount a campaign to beat back the government’s policy of privatisation. This vow was made at the JTUM-organised Conference of Shop Stewards and Branch Officers (COSSABO) held at the Cipriani Labour College on Saturday 4th March 2013.

The COSSABO, which is to resume on Saturday 23rd March at a venue to be announced, heard two presentations from the head table. The first was by Joseph Remy, President of the Communication Workers Union (CWU) who dealt with the telecommunications sector and Vincent Cabrera, President of the Banking Insurance and General Workers Union (BIGWU) who dealt with the financial sector.

While the turnout at the COSSABO was below par, reflecting the continuing non-participation in the JTUM by some unions, the quality of the contributions from the floor was excellent.

The rest of the session was devoted to contributions from the floor dealing with the threat of privatisation in different sectors of the economy and with ideas on strategy and tactics to defeat the neo-liberal policy adopted by the PP government.

There was broad consensus that the campaign against privatisation must involve mobilising at the workplace and in the community and must involve a wide spectrum of communication media to inform and educate the workers at the workplace and the broader community and the development of mechanisms to resist and defeat this assault on the working class.

There were calls for a unified campaign including FITUN and NATUC and for the establishment of a war council/co-ordinating committee to supervise and monitor the campaign. It is expected that the details of the campaign will be finalised on March 23rd when the COSSABO resumes.

Comrades Dave Smith, General Secretary and Gerry Kangalee, National Education and Research Officer of the National Workers Union presented the views of the NWU .