After giving the Government a failing grade during his performance appraisal at the annual Labour Day rally in Fyzabad, Joint Trade Union Movement (JTUM) leader Ancel Roget called on citizens to use the PNM’s third anniversary in office, September 7, to rest and reflect.
His call came immediately after JTUM presented a large report card on stage at Charlie King Junction and asked the unionists gathered to grade the Government on its handling of crime, the economy, labour, health and education.
Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar says the lessons of the pioneers who fought for all our rights, from the famous ones to the unnamed marchers and hunger strikers, should forever endure and inspire us all in these times of despair.
She gave this statement in celebration of Labour Day.
"Eighty-one (81) years ago, the trade union movement of Trinidad and Tobago was officially cemented as a viable and social, economic and political force on June 19, 1937, when the Butler Oilfield Riots occurred, creating, essentially, the very foundation of our modern-day democracy.
Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley says Government and Labour are not pursuing opposing objectives.
The prime minister issued the following statement in celebration of Labour Day:
"Fellow citizens, today, we celebrate Labour Day in our beloved Trinidad and Tobago. In so doing, it is imperative that we are mindful of the significance of this day and why we commemorate it each and every year.
Four months after being dismissed, 13 PSA workers will be reinstated and compensated for damages.
Today, the Industrial Court ruled in favour of the employees and ordered that they be returned to their positions, paid their February-May salaries and $10,000 each for damages.
PSA president Watson Duke was accused of acting contrary to proper labour laws and outside of his authority when he dismissed the workers for wearing their representing union, BIGWU's, t-shirt.
The incident occurred in February.
An estimated 300-plus workers are being cut from the University of Trinidad and Tobago. While 57 academic staffers have so far received dismissal letters, an additional 287 non-academic staff members are also expected to be dismissed, Education Minister Anthony Garcia confirmed yesterday.
Garcia was replying to queries in the Senate from UNC Senator Wade Mark on UTT job cuts.
Garcia’s figures signalled an estimated total of 346 staffers will be losing jobs.
The Joint Trade Union Movement (JTUM) will hold a march and a rally in San Fernando on Tuesday, to celebrate May Day.
May Day, which is also called International Workers' Day in some countries, is a celebration of labourers and the working classes that is promoted by the international labour movement which occurs every year on May 1st.
JTUM issued the following statement with regard to tomorrow's celebrations.