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posted 2 May 2014, 05:58 by Gerry Kangalee   [ updated 2 May 2014, 06:26 ]
The executive of the National Workers Union picketed the office of the Minister of Labour, former labour leader, Errol McLeod, on May Day 2014 at the Waterfront Complex in Port of Spain. The picket was supported b
members of the National Union of Domestic Employees (NUDE) and the Transport and Industrial Workers Union.

The picket was organized to draw attention to the failure of the government to address the issues laid out in the Workers Agenda and particularly the issues dealing with the snail’s pace of the Recognition Board in processing applications for recognised majority union status by unions and to the failure of the government to ratify ILO Convention
189, which McLeod had supported in Geneva in 2011.

NWU President Comrade Frank Sears
Convention 189 deals with the enacting of legislation to end discrimination against domestic workers who are not considered to be workers according to the Industrial Relations Act.

The picket was led by NWU President Comrade Frank Sears and included General Secretary
of NUDE Ida Le Blanc and General Secretary of the Transport and Industrial Workers Union
(TIWU), Judy Charles.

There were calls for the Recognition Board to be abolished; for Convention 189 to be ratified. The small but vociferous crowd handed out flyers and chanted Recognition delayed is recognition denied. Flyers explaining the reasons for the picket were distributed.

General Secretary of NUDE, Ida Le Blanc delivered
a letter to the Minister of Labour calling for the ratification of Convention 189.