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posted 12 Nov 2013, 12:38 by Gerry Kangalee   [ updated 12 Nov 2013, 20:09 ]
When he realised that the Joint Trade Union Movement (JTUM) leaders were
joining the picket of the Recognition Board by the National Workers Union (NWU) on Monday 11th November, Chairman of the Board, Attorney Wayne Isidore Smart, called off the board meeting scheduled for that afternoon.

The chairman had been ducking from holding a meeting with the JTUM for months. This led to the JTUM joining the picket to express the frustration of the trade union movement at the obstructionist role the Recognition Board has been playing in preventing the expeditious determination of applications for recognised majority status by unions on behalf of workers exercising their freedom of association by joining trade unions.

The picket, which began after one o’clock, saw the participation of representatives of nine trade unions, many of them from the top leadership of these unions. Placards bore slogans: Recognition delayed is Recognition denied;
Recognition must take no more than three months; No transparency at Recognition Board; Abolish the recognition Board. Calls were made for the Board chairman to go and union songs were sung in the usual lively manner.
NWU flyers were distributed explaining to the passersby why the unions were picketing the Recognition Board.

Mainstream media covered the event as did media personnel from the Oilfields Workers Trade Union and the National Workers Union. It was made quite clear by leaders of the NWU and the JTUM that Monday’s picket was the opening shot in a campaign to have applications for recognition determined within three months.

Dave Smith, General Secretary of the National Workers Union commented on the picket
Gerry Kangalee,
12 Nov 2013, 20:06