Roget to make "big announcement" after protest march

The third and fi­nal leg of the coun­try's his­toric protest march by the Oil­fields Work­ers’ Trade Union (OW­TU) kicked off a short while ago from Aran­juez, San Juan.

OW­TU pres­i­dent gen­er­al An­cel Ro­get is lead­ing the mas­sive march, dubbed the “Moth­er of all March­es,” which con­sists of thou­sands of com­rades from all the trade unions, in­clud­ing the PSA, FI­TUN, BIG­WU, SWW­TU, TI­WU and CWU.

Speak­ing with the T&T Guardian min­utes be­fore the fi­nal jour­ney in­to Port-of-Spain, Ro­get said the three-day protest ac­tion is on­ly the be­gin­ning of "an­oth­er mile­stone jour­ney."

"This jour­ney start­ed 43 years ago when the en­tire labour move­ment faced then, as we face now, an an­ti-work­er, an­ti- peo­ple gov­ern­ment, that they would have un­leashed tear gas and rub­ber bul­lets on those who were march­ing for peace, bread and jus­tice,” Ro­get said.

“Our com­rades did not get to com­plete it. To­day they are smil­ing from the heav­ens be­cause we are go­ing to com­plete the jour­ney that they start­ed. But more par­tic­u­lar­ly, af­ter that we are go­ing to con­tin­ue on a par­tic­u­lar jour­ney in a way that this coun­try has nev­er seen."

In an es­ti­mat­ed time of three hours, when Ro­get ex­pects "his army" will get in­to the cap­i­tal city, he will head a mi­ni-ral­ly where he said a "big an­nounce­ment" will be made.

This protest demon­stra­tion has marked the first time in decades that oil and sug­ar union mem­bers have had held hands in uni­ty, with the OW­TU be­ing joined by the All Trinidad Gen­er­al Work­ers' Trade Union and its pres­i­dent Nir­van Ma­haraj. Pub­lic Ser¬vice As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Wat­son Duke, Con­gress of the Peo­ple po­lit­i­cal leader Car­olyn Seep­er­sad-Bachan and Move­ment for So­cial Jus­tice leader David Ab­du­lah al­so joined.

The march be­gan two days ago from just out­side the Petrotrin re­fin­ery at Pointe-a-Pierre to the Rien­zi Com­plex, Cou­va.

Yes­ter­day, day two, took the union mem­bers from Rien­zi Com­plex to Aran­juez Park.

The OW­TU and its at­tor­ney, Dou­glas Mendez SC, have al­so tak­en Petrotrin to court in an at­tempt to block its move to shut down the re­fin­ery and send home thou­sands of work­ers.

- by Rhondor Dowlat