Unions gear up for May Day march & rally in San Fernando tomorrow

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.

"On Tuesday, May 1st 2018, unions from the Joint Trade Union Movement (JTUM), along with other allied bodies will converge in San Fernando to celebrate International Workers Day, MAY DAY. We will be joining millions of workers throughout the world who will also be celebrating May Day.

May Day is in commemoration of the struggle for the eight hour workday, which we believe is currently under threat, as companies and employers are attempting to increase the eight hour workday to ten and twelve hours.

For May Day 2018, the theme will be “WE DEMAND JOB SECURITY - MAKE OUR COUNTRY SAFE”. We demand job security because there is an alternative to the current austerity measures being undertaken by the Government.  JTUM has presented Labour’s Economic Alternative Plan (LEAP) which the government still refuses to adopt and or implement and or take its recommendations.

In light of the fact that thousands of workers have been sent home over the last year, we have been calling for an amendment of the Retrenchment and Severance Benefit Act, as well as stronger laws to protect local jobs. With thousands of workers going home, this will create greater social strife, added to the government’s inability to deal with crime, hence our call to make the country safe.

Crime has escalated as never before, the borders are still porous, criminals are in full control and on patrol and it is clear that the Minister of National Security has failed. The government still can’t appoint a Commissioner of Police and there is no leadership in the Police Service. These and other topics will be dealt with on May Day.

The May Day celebration in Trinidad and Tobago will be in the form of a March with a Rally.

Commencing at 9:00 am, various local trade unions will be giving short solidarity statements. Following this, the assemblage will proceed on a march through the streets of San Fernando, along Circular Rd to Royal Rd, turn west unto Royal Rd, and proceed unto Coffee St, along Coffee St to Lord St, down Lord St to Mucurapo St, south along Mucurapo St to Sutton St, east along Sutton to Cipero St, turn right unto Cipero and then right unto Rushworth, proceeding west to the western carriageway of Independence Avenue unto Chancery Lane, continuing unto lower High St, turning right and then left unto High St, up High St to Library Corner and then unto Harris Promenade ending by the Amphi Theatre on Harris Promenade.

The March will culminate with a major address by the President of The Joint Trade Union Movement who will be addressing the topic, We Demand Job Security, Make Our Country Safe."