It is May 1st.Once again workers all around the world reflect upon their role as workers in all types of political environments.
May is always an interesting month.
At one time there was Empire Day,when colonial territories under the British Crown sang “Rule Britannica Rule”,Anniversary of the founding of the Organization of African Unity,African Liberation Day and of course International Labour Day.
In this current year the British people are taking to the polls and so too,the twin island Republic Trinidad & Tobago.
We advocate that the workers in industry and commerce,the workers in oil and in sanitation,the workers in agriculture and environmental protection and management,the workers in Health care and the protective services,the workers in education and in public transportation,workers in public enterprise and workers in private enterprise,volunteer workers.workers in parliament,blue collared workers and white collared workers; all workers, to reflect upon the glorious history of the working class in establishing democracy.Let workers every where remember that they who labour should hold the reins.Let workers world wide ensure that wherever we labour that working conditions be of high international standards. Let workers share in the profits that they help create.Let workers ensure that labour legislation is not an imprisoning regulator that only empowers them at predetermined and calculated times so that employers,industry and other arenas of workers interface can calculate for adjustments in wages and salaries and workers concerns while the ‘Employer” continue to widen profit margins while workers barely survive.
In the peculiar situation of Republic Trinidad & Tobago workers must consider several crucial issues as they go to the polls.
Will a smelter plant be of benefit to workers and their families and our environment?
If there is some kind of smelter plant disaster, and may Eledumare forbid such,is our Nation disaster prepared and ready?
IS THE IMPORTATION OF LARGE AMOUNTS OF CONSTUCTION WORKERS BENEFICIAL TO OUR ECONOMY AND TO THE WELFARE AND WELL BEING OF OUR CITIZENS?
As we elect a new government what role if any will workers have in determining State policy local and international?
Will Labour Schools and Institutions be allowed autonomy in the development of their curricula, and will government recognise qualification from such institutions on par with other institutions of a similar nature?
Will all workers be afforded the right of a trade union of their choice?
These and many other questions will have to be addressed and reflected on as we move to the polls. This is not a P.N.M, N.J.A.C.,N.N.V., T.O.P.,U.N.C.,C.O.P.,M.S.J. election. The Party or Parties that are given the mandate to govern on behalf of the people must be instructed as to how they must govern and operate on behalf of the people.
So to all Labour Leaders, we request that you ensure that adequate social processes that will help the community prepare itself for utilisation of the wealth that would be generated by workers because of renewed enthusiasm and confidence; be put in place so that the wealth generated in this geopolity and in the region from the activities in the the different areas of the community and economy will benefit our people.
May all workers UNITE. May our country prosper under a just and competent leadership,for the people and accountable to the people.