Unions threaten nationwide shutdown come September 7
The Joint Trade Union Movement (JTUM) is threatening a nationwide shutdown, as it urges its members to engage in a day of rest and reflection come September 7.
JTUM, which comprises of several unions and groups, held an emergency media conference on Wednesday to respond to the announcement of the closure of Petrotrin’s refinery.
At least seven groups were present including the Communications Workers Union (CWU) , the Trinidad and Tobago Registered Nurses Association (TTRNA) and the Trinidad and Tobago Unified Teachers Association (TTUTA).
They all stood in solidary with the Oilfield Workers Trade Union (OWTU) urging their members across various sectors, including teachers, nurses and communications workers to take part in the upcoming day of rest and reflection.
CWU General Secretary General Clyde Paul urged members to heed the call to rest and reflect on September 7.
“We are also taking the opportunity to ask the citizens of Trinidad and Tobago to heed the call to rest and reflect on September 7 and send that message to this Rowley led PNM government that we are not pleased with your performance,” he said.
Meanwhile, Farmers Union President Shiraz Khan warned that September 7 is only the start.
“September 7 is only the start,” the union leader declared.
And, head of TTUTA Lynsely Doodhai urged parents to keep their children home next Friday, as classrooms will be empty.
“Schools will be devoid of teachers come next week Friday. Do not waste your hard earn money for transportation costs, to prepare lunch because teachers will not be in school on Friday. All teachers we are making a call to you, stay away, rest and reflect on the many issues that are troubling the education sector,” the TTUTA President said.
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