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posted 11 Jul 2012, 20:29 by Gerry Kangalee   [ updated 11 Jul 2012, 20:30 ]
The unrelenting attack on the rights, benefits and job security of workers is intensifying as the government trains its guns on postal workers. In the midst of negotiations for the contract period 2008 to 2011, the postal workers have begun to mobilise to defend their jobs.

The government has decided to “restructure” the way mail is delivered. This, of course, is just a ruse to get rid of jobs in this public utility. Recognising this, the Trinidad and Tobago Postal Workers Union has taken the initiative and convened a mass meeting on Saturday 7th July 2012 at the SWWTU hall in Port of Spain. The meeting, attended by hundreds of workers, discussed the implications of the restructuring.

It is clear that the restructuring/divestment/privatisation/ of state enterprises and public utilities is underway. It is part of international capital’s desperate attempt to maintain its dominance by forcing the working people to pay for the crisis of capitalism that we had no part in causing. If we keep our eyes on goings on at TTPOST we may soon see some foreign transnational corporation waiting in the wings to pick up the pieces.

General Secretary of the Postal Workers Union, Reginald Crichlow spoke to Comrade Rae Samuel of the National Workers Union about the situation facing his members.