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Roget: Disrespect for labour

Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Unions say T&T in crisis with crime and unemployment
JTUM leader, Ancel Roget, left, Secretary Ozzie Warrick and president of the Banking and Insurance Workers Union (BIGWU) Vincent Cabrera sing the union song during the press conference yesterday. PICTURE ABRAHAM DIAZ

A “performance appraisal” will be done on the current PNM administration and in particular Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley, Joint Trade Union Movement (JTUM) leader Ancel Roget warned yesterday.

T&T is inarguably in crisis, especially in light of the spiralling crime rate and increased job losses he said at a press conference to announce plans for upcoming Labour Day celebrations.

Roget said leaders of all trade unions and workers, who are expected to be out in full force to take part in the celebrations in Fyzabad on June 19, will be speaking out on issues affecting the country, including outstanding wage negotiations. “Because our country is in crisis that has not escaped the attention of the labour movement,” he said.

“We will be doing a performance appraisal on this Government’s performance and measuring that performance against the commitment that they would have given. We will be doing a performance appraisal on the Prime Minister himself to determine if his leadership has benefited the country so far or not. Our sense of it... perhaps he might make a better fisherman than a Prime Minister.”

The JTUM leader called on citizens to if Dr Rowley is doing a better job than his predecessor, Kamla Persad-Bissessar, the current Opposition Leader.

On the issue of retrenchment, Roget said thousands have become unemployed since the PNM came into office.

He said: “They are taking away your jobs while they have a job... something has to be wrong with that. And those who are going to argue that it’s not thousands, we are going to say exactly where those thousands came from.”

He claimed there is “gross disrespect and disregard” by Government for the labour movement.

Roget said JTUM wrote to Dr Rowley asking for talks on the hardships currently facing the country but is yet to get a response.

“The disregard for workers that are going home and the issues that confront us in labour is a mark of serious disrespect for the labour movement,” Roget added.


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