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posted 11 May 2011, 21:59 by Gerry Kangalee   [ updated 11 May 2011, 22:14 ]


Not content with attacking workers in their pockets with their wage suppression policy, the People’s

Partnership government has now resorted to mass dismissals.

Trinidad and Tobago Postal Corporation (TTPOST) has dismissed more than 200 workers described as Temporary Relief Officers (TRO’s), although Minister of Public Utilities Emmanuel “Hurricane” George has said he was not aware of the mass firings in one of the more important utilities under his control.  

If you buy that, then you must believe that Mary King acted in an “appropriate” manner.

General Secretary of the Trinidad and Tobago Postal Workers’ Union (TTPWU), Reginald Crichlow explained the situation to NWU’s Rae Samuel after a meeting of the executive of the union and the dismissed workers at the Seamen and Waterfront Workers’ Union Hall on Tuesday 10th May 2011.

The dismissed workers are predominantly female and their dismissals came like a bolt from the blue catching them totally unprepared for what some have described as the industrial relations equivalent of capital punishment, in this case mass executions.

Second Vice President of the Trinidad and Tobago Postal Workers’ Union (TTPWU) Michelle Butcher also spoke to Rae Samuel about the issue.

TTPOST’s management headed by Sheldon Cyrus argues that the corporation needed to become leaner and had to look at their costs but the Postal Workers’ Union’s General Secretary, Reginald Crichlow gives a much more nuanced picture of the situation.

Despite the increasingly shame-faced defence of the People’s Partnership government by a dwindling band of trade unionists, the taste of the pudding is always in the eating.

It is clear to the blindest of the blind that the government, which promised to uphold the Workers’ Agenda, is pursuing a neo-liberal economic strategy. The centrepiece of this strategy is the roll-back of whatever gains the working class has made over the decades to prop up an increasingly decrepit capitalist system that is clearly unable to recover from its fatal crisis and which is plunging the entire society into chaos and upheaval.