PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad, Thursday February 26, 2015, CMC – The Joint Trade Union Movement (JTUM) Wednesday warned the coalition People’s Partnership government to settle all outstanding labour disputes before the Trinidad and Tobago elects a new government later this year.
The JTUM, which has consistently criticised the Persad Bissessar administration, said it would also be staging an anti-government protest “in the coming weeks”.
It said the protest will specifically target Labour Minister Errol McLeod, a former trade union leader “as the minister responsible for labour issues and the Prime Minister as leader of the government.
“The JTUM took this decision on the backdrop of the government’s continued failure to implement the Workers’ Agenda. The JTUM is particularly outraged that after five years in office the People’s Partnership government, notwithstanding the commitment it made in its manifesto, has made no attempt to amend the Industrial Relations Act, to bring it in line with international labour standards,” said the JTUM that groups several unions including the Oilfield Workers Trade Union (OWTU) and the Banking Insurance and General Workers Union (BIGWU).
“JTUM views this as a blatant disregard to the trade union movement and the national workforce as a whole,” the unions said, adding that they are also “very disturbed by the inaction of the government…to settle major outstanding negotiation”.
The JTUM said that the protest action is also to force the “government settle all outstanding negotiations before they demit office this year”.