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posted 17 Nov 2011, 12:29 by Gerry Kangalee   [ updated 17 Nov 2011, 12:31 ]



The National Workers Union (NWU) extends solidarity to the National Union of Government and Federated Workers (NUGFW) in its effort to prevent the severing of workers at the Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA).

NWU thinks it is unconscionable that the very government which in the words of the Prime Minister is giving “a food” to people in the so-called hot spot areas is embarking on the elimination of workers at WASA who have been employed in some instances for several years.

The NWU hopes that the severing of these workers is not a prelude to the hiring of other workers who may be perceived to be more politically acceptable to the parties in power.

This action on the part of WASA suggests that the government is actively pursuing a neo-liberal policy of wage suppression, privatisation and cutbacks in the public sector.

This policy is being supervised by the International Finance Corporation which is the private sector arm of the World Bank and which is intent on ensuring that so-called developing countries pursue economic policies which facilitate the interests of international finance – the very sector which has plunged the world into crisis as it pursues its quest to accumulate and concentrate capital at the expense of the real economy.

The National Workers Union warns the government that their persistent pursuit of an anti-worker, anti-labour policy will produce consequences that they did not cater for, that will be to the detriment of their ability to govern and that will not enhance the stability of the country.

The NWU recognises that this battle being waged by NUGFW is a battle on behalf of all workers in the country, especially those in the public sector who have been used by all governments as political cannon fodder in their efforts to destroy job security in the public sector and break the power of organised labour.

The National Workers Union urges NUGFW to stand firm in its efforts to protect the job security of workers and to call upon, as needed, the support and solidarity of the organised labour movement. 

Gerry Kangalee,
18 Nov 2011, 11:27