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All Trinidad out of today’s march

Published: 
Friday, May 23, 2014
A map indicating today’s route which the march is expected to follow.

The All Trinidad General Workers’ Trade Union (ATGWTU) will not join today’s march planned by the Joint Trade Union Movement (JTUM) because the PNM will be a part of it. This was the stand of the union’s president Nirvan Maharaj who said it had not forgotten the PNM’s shutting down of the sugar industry and the pain endured by workers. He said the PNM also had proven to be the most anti-labour party. Maharaj, in a release yesterday, noted the union supports issues articulated by the JTUM, like the implementation of the workers agenda and labour reform, but will not be taking part in the march.

 

“The union will not take part in any march in which the People’s National Movement is involved,” he added. The PNM has said it will be participating in the march which comes one day before a massive rally planned by the People’s Partnership Government at Mid Centre Mall tomorrow to celebrate its fourth anniversary. Preparations for the PP rally began at the Chaguanas mall yesterday morning. The car park was cleared and a container and trucks brought speaker boxes and material for the setting up of the stage. By mid-morning, the stage was half completed. President general of the Oilfields Workers’ Trade Union Ancel Roget, one of the main organisers of today’s march, said it would be the “mother of all demonstrations”. The JTUM has been soliciting public support all over T&T and said the march was for civil society, community, religious groups and political parties.

 

But the former sugar workers’ union has vowed not to be a part of it because of the PNM’s involvement. It said: “The PNM shutdown the sugar industry and refused or neglected to implement the provisions of the Voluntary Separation of Employment Package concerning lands for former Caroni workers. “The PNM appealed the Deyalsingh judgment of 2007 which mandated that former Caroni workers be given two-acre agricultural plots and residential lots. “The PNM denied the former Caroni workers their legitimate expectations.

 

The Route

• West along Knox Street,

• South down St Vincent Street,
• East on Independence Square North,
• North up Abercromby Street,
• West on Oxford Street,
• South down St Vincent Street,
• East on Park Street, and
• South down Frederick Street to Independence Square. 

 

Participating in today’s march are:

• All trade unions under JTUM.
• PNM.
• MSJ.
• Members of the Roundtable (several social and civil groups).
• FIXIN’ T&T.
• Several community groups.