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posted 8 Dec 2013, 21:39 by Gerry Kangalee
Vincent Cabrera, the President of the Banking Insurance and General Workers Union issued the following statement on December 6th 2013:

It is with great sadness that we have learnt of the passing of Comrade Michael Als, who was ailing over a long period. Michael Als founded the then Bank Workers Trade Union in April of 1974 and served as the Union’s first President General for a period of twelve (12) years. He resigned as President in 1986 and became involved in the building of the Toco Foundation a major community based organization.


Als made the distinctive contribution of the creation of a Trade Union organization to protect the employment rights of workers in the finance sector. Under his leadership the Union expanded and also became the Union representing the interests of the nation’s media workers. Under his leadership too, service sector employees established terms and conditions which never before existed.


Michael Als, also was a major figure in the creation of the National Trade Union Centre (NATUC), when the two existing trade union federations, the Trinidad and Tobago Labour Congress (TTLC) and the Council of Progressive Trade Unions (CPTU) were merged.


The BIGWU extends its heartfelt condolences to the family of comrade Michael Als at this time of mourning. The Union will shortly announce the various actions which will take place to pay our respects to the fallen comrade and to mark his great contribution to the trade union movement, to the working people and to the nation of Trinidad and Tobago.