Trade union march attracts int'l support
The local trade union movement has gained international support for its mass demonstration today.
IndustriALL Global Union, which represents more than 50 million workers in the mining, energy and manufacturing sectors in 140 countries, has expressed its full support and solidarity with the struggle of workers in Trinidad and Tobago to achieve a more equitable society, a sharp reduction of unemployment, and an end to violence and crime.
The Union also expressed pride in what it described as the leading role the Oilfields Workers’ Trade Union (OWTU) is playing in pursuit of decent working conditions for all workers in Trinidad and Tobago.
The march includes the Joint Trade Union Movement, National Trade Union Centre, Federation of Independent Trade Unions and several civil society organisations.
The groups are calling for an end to austerity, mass retrenchment, precarious work; and demanding the resumption of collective bargaining negotiations, expressing support for local farmers and the creation of sustainable jobs.
IndustriALL Global Union also called on the Government to immediately address the legitimate demands of workers in the country.
“It is imperative that the government adopt measures to generate decent and sustainable employment, raise the minimum wage, ensure safe and healthy working conditions, guarantee the continuation of collective bargaining negotiations, and tackle raising inequality and violence,” it said.
“We stand in solidarity with all workers in Trinidad and Tobago, and we are ready to mobilise our affiliates worldwide in support of your struggle,” IndustriALL added.