Hundreds of public officers marched through east Port of Spain this morning to demand settlement of their wage negotiations.
The protesting workers, led by Watson Duke, President of the National Trade Union Centre (NATUC), wound their way through St. Paul Street and Besson Street.
They are marching to protest against what they believe is the Chief Personnel Officer's delay in settling wage negotiations for workers from different state agencies.
The negotiations apply to different periods.
General Secretary of the National Trade Union Centre (NATUC), Michael Anisette, believes Government’s efforts to decriminalise marijuana should have been put behind the labour movement.
Speaking on CNC3's The Morning Brew, today, Anisette said the working class does not see such haste and commitment when it comes to their issues.
“Where is the haste to implement that kind of legislation that will protect the working class?” he asks. “But within weeks we have legislation passed for marijuana.”
The National Trade Union Centre (NATUC) is renewing its calls for government to address all outstanding negotiations without further delay.
In an official statement issued today, NATUC argues that government’s excuses—that the “country has no money, so wages and salaries increases cannot be paid at this time” or the other narrative “if we pay the increase of wages and salaries, government workers will have to be retrenched”—are misleading and calculated to put fear in the hearts of workers.
Over 200 public servants turned out in the nation's capital on Friday to march through the capital city to protest a number of issues, including protracted delays to settling salary negotiations.
There has been a large turnout of daily rated workers, public servants, employees of WASA, T&TEC, the Port of Spain City Corporation and other municipal bodies, to show solidarity with the National Trade Union Center (NATUC) which organised the demonstration.
PSA President Watson Duke and JTUM President Ancel Roget are among the labour leaders at the front of the march.
The National Trade Union Centre has joined the call for the resignation of the chairman of the Police Complaints Authority, David West.
NATUC has issued the following statement in that regard.
"The National Trade Union Centre (NATUC) adds it voice to the call for the immediate resignation of David West, Director of the Police Complaints Authority (PCA) following statements made by him earlier this month at the debate on anti-corruption at the home of the British High Commissioner.
The National Trade Union Centre (NATUC) believes the closure of ArcelorMittal is a blessing in disguise as it can set the stage for new laws to protect workers.
NATUC issued a statement this morning challenging the Government to review the Severance Benefits Act and the Companies Ordinance.
The following is NATUC's statement:
The National Trade Union Centre is today calling for full disclosure on the bailout of CL Financial.
NATUC is condemning a decision by the Minister of Finance to continue an appeal against a court ruling for full disclosure to be made.
The following is the statement from NATUC:
"The National Trade Union Centre adds it voice to the calls on the government to make public the details of the CL Financial bailout.