Labour leaders say they have no intentions of helping the UNC to win the 2020 general elections despite a call for unity from its political leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar.
In an interview, the political leader of the MSJ David Abdulah likened Persad-Bissessar to “a wolf in sheep clothing.”
Saying the MSJ was entering elections alone, Abdulah added, “She had a chance and she blew it. She failed in spite of all the suggestions I made. All of this now is a ploy to get into the government and this is not something we will consider.”
Asked whether he was surprised by Persad-Bissessar’s call for help, Abdulah said, “I am not surprised because really she is a wolf in sheep clothing. She failed to live up to the commitments made in the Fyzabad Declaration. She failed to have the People’s Partnership function like a coalition of parties. She ignored our suggestions and treated others with disrespect.”
Abdulah had been one of the signatories of the Declaration which was signed at the Butler Hall of Revolution, on April 21, 2010, by the Congress of the People (COP), Tobago Organisation of the People (TOP), MSJ and the National Joint Action Congress (NJAC).
The declaration was a promise for an end to corruption, transparency in the award of contracts, campaign finance reform and the reform the Industrial Relations Act, including the Workmen Compensation provision to include all workers, including domestic and store workers. However, even though several pieces of legislation pertaining to labour reform was passed, the Industrial Relations reform never materialised.
During her speech on Tuesday night in Gasparillo, Persad-Bissessar said she was willing to work with labour leaders.
“We will work with the labour movement. We will walk with NGOs and CBOs. I want to come and meet you. We have ideas and plans. We will come to your communities and draft a policy to rescue T&T.”
She added, “The labour movement will no longer see itself as an outsider to leadership in how our nation grows and evolves. We will learn from the past and we will do better.
She also said stakeholders and advocacy groups will find a friend again in the Government.”