“We will not be, we will not be moved.”
These words are no foreign concept for anyone who has been part of or observed a labour protest in T&T.
But at Wednesday’s Labour Day rally in Fyzabad, members of the trade unions stood firmly by these lyrics, standing undeterred by the showers which drenched workers during the 82nd anniversary of the event.
Critical of Government’s handling of the economy, retrenchments, a high murder toll and a failing health system, Joint Trade Union Movement (JTUM) leader Ancel Roget says that attempts were being made to return the working class to plantation life.
Roget made a call for citizens to unite and rebuild society on the basis of equity and social justice during the 82nd Labour Day celebrations in Fyzabad on Wednesday.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has ruled out cancelling J’ouvert activities in the Caribbean community, saying that it is an event that’s “important to the community”.
But he said one day after the grand West Indian American Day Carnival on Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn ended, that the city would consider changing the hours of the pre-dawn event.
Police have arrested a suspect in one of the murders along the J'ouvert Festival parade route in Brooklyn on Monday.
Two people were killed, despite the fact that the NYPD doubled its presence at the celebration.
Authorities say 17-year-old Trinidad and Tobago national Tyreke Borel and 22-year-old Tiarah Poyau died near the parade route early Monday.
One of the two people shot dead during J'ouvert celebrations in Brooklyn this morning, is a 17-year-old Trinidad and Tobago national.
Tyreke Borel's mother said she had cautioned her son to stay home for J’ouvert, but the teen had insisted on joining the revelry where he was shot and killed.
"He was just a lovely child who wanted to enjoy the Labor Day. I told him to be safe. But he's 17. He didn't want to stay home,” Alima St. Clair said to the New York Daily News.
A man and a woman were killed and five other people were injured in two shootings and two stabbings during J'Ouvert celebrations along the West Indian Day Parade route in Brooklyn early Monday morning, police say.
Two more people were injured when a motorcycle they were on was hit by a car.
A man and a women were shot at Empire Boulevard and Flatbush Avenue during the pre-parade festivities in Crown Heights shortly before 4 a.m.
The Joint Trade Union Movement says Labour Day 2016 will feature a special tribute to father of the Trade Union movement, Tubal Uriah "Buzz" Butler.
The movement made the announcement at a conference held at Communication Worker's Union hall on Henry Street, Port-of-Spain.
In announcing its plans for the 19th of June, JTUM's Vincent Cabrera said this year's focus will be fixed on retrenchment of workers which they say has reached the thousands.
In 2016 the celebration coincides with Father's Day.