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posted 2 Jul 2011, 13:43 by Gerry Kangalee


In a release issued on 29th June, President of the Banking, Insurance and General Workers’ Union, Vincent Cabrera said: "On Monday 27th June 2011, a meeting of the joint trade union leaders was held at the Cipriani College. Thirteen Trade Unions were represented.

It was agreed that all trade unions will emphasise mobilization for a picket demonstration around the office of the Prime Minister to protest the imposition of a five percent increase on the nation’s workers. This event will take place on Thursday 7th July.

Comrades are asked to assemble at 9.00am sharp and in this respect comrades coming from South are asked to leave their locations early to avoid the inevitable traffic jam.”

This activity is in keeping with the programme outlined in the so-called Labour Day Accord. The National Workers’ Union (NWU) urges all workers to join the protest. The NWU also urges the trade union leaders to place great emphahsis on using workplace meetings to develop feedback from union members as to what their views are on the proposed programmes.

The NWU further urges trade union leaders to organise a series of COSSABOS (Conference of Shop Stewards and Branch Officers) to refine the ideas and recommendations coming out of the workplace meetings. A War Council should be appointed to take charge of the campaign, to implement and monitor it. This War Council must be provided with the resources to achieve that end.

To have a successful general strike the mass of unorganised workers must be brought into the mainstream as part of the campaign. Other sectors like the small farmers, fisher folk, students, small business people, progressive environmentalists, the unemployed and those on the left must also be involved in the struggle and must see it as vital to promoting their interests.