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