Opposition leader Kamla Persad Bissessar will close her Siparia office and all United National Congress (UNC) offices tomorrow in solidarity with the day of rest and reflection planned by the trade unions.
In a statement on the UNC's official website, Persad-Bissessar called on all UNC members to follow her lead and lend their support to the union action against the Government.
She said while the country is in crisis, the "straw that broke the camel’s back" was Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley's threats to workers who "exercise their democratic right" to protest.
"What is worse is that while this is going on, the Government is intent on creating mass unemployment, shutting down state enterprises, cancelling CEPEP contracts, failing to pay contractors, even those in the school feeding programme.
“At the same time, citizens are being taxed to oblivion whilst family, friends and financiers of the Government continue to benefit in secret deals worth hundreds of millions of dollars, for which they refuse to account," Persad-Bissessar said.
She advised the UNC membership to take tomorrow as an opportunity to "rest and reflect on our current circumstances and plan a way forward".
"If you do have to go out, wear black," she said.
The three umbrella organisation's which represent the workers, the Joint Trade Union Movement (JTUM), National Trade Union Centre (NATUC) and the Federation of Independent Trade Unions and Non-governmental organisations (FITUN) have joined forces in a bid to protest the Government’s plan to shut down the Petrotrin refinery.
The action was planned and announced at the Labour Day celebrations back in June but took on renewed fire after the Government announced the closure of the refinery last week.