The Movement for Justice (MSJ) is expected to withdraw from the People's Partnership very soon. The clearest hint of the MSJ's withdrawal was given during a news conference, called by the Joint Trade Union Movement at the Communication Workers Union Hall, Henry Street, Port-of-Spain, yesterday. Asked about the complete withdrawal of the MSJ from the PP Government, president general of the Oilfields Workers' Trade Union (OWTU) Ancel Roget said: "Patience, patience, patience. Rest assured, patience...and you shouldn't have to wait too long again. Patience." The matter is expected to come up on the platform at Charlie King Junction, Fyzabad, on Labour Day next week Thursday. Roget also said the possibility of a national strike should not be ruled out. He said he would never forget the Government for calling a state of emergency as the workers were mobilising for a national strike. He said the labour movement no longer supported the PP coalition.
The coalition was established in April 2010 when the Fyzabad Accord was signed at Charlie King Junction. The MSJ draws its members from the labour movement. It is one of the five parties which make up the PP Government. The other member units are the United National Congress, the Congress of the People, the Tobago Organisation of the People and the National Joint Action Committee. On May 23, MSJ political leader David Abdulah criticised the Government publicly, saying it had not done enough to stamp out corruption in state enterprises. Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar said a day later that Abdulah would remain with the PP, as she was not about to revoke his senatorial appointment. But Roget said yesterday:"We want to say categorically that this PP Government does not have the support of the labour movement." He said "significant announcements" would be made at the Labour Day rally at Charlie King Junction in one week's time. The theme of the event is "Only Workers' Action Would Save Our Nation."
Roget said leader of the Highway Re-route Movement Dr Wayne Kublalsingh was supported by Works and Infrastructure Minister Jack Warner when he campaigned against the smelter project under the former PNM Government. Roget said now Warner was critical of Kublalsingh for seeking to have a portion of the highway to Point Fortin rerouted. "We are going to make some significant announcements as to what is going to happen next as we move forward," Roget added. He added: "There is a concerted attempt to silence any dissenting voice in Trinidad and Tobago. Anyone who speaks out against the Government is identified as a troublemaker. We fear none and we will not bow. "We will be taking very strong position against this Government's ant-democratic approach to stifle and muzzle the media and trade union voices." He also said the PP Government bought out a "PNM eat-a-food calypsonian." That was an an obvious reference to Sugar Aloes, who sang the Tarrus Riley composition She's Royal for Persad-Bissessar at two rallies in recent weeks.