Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Photo Album from Consultation Meeting

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

PRESS RELEASE : Consultation Meeting

The All Trinidad General Worker's Trade Union is expanding upon it's civic duty with it's first Wednesday Night Public Consultation Meeting.

The Public and Media are cordially invited to Rienzi Complex on the 23rd July 2014 at 7:00 pm , where the primary item on the agenda will be the open forum with Ex-Caroni Worker's to hear and determine the way forward, to obtaining their complete VSEP packages as determined by the Deyalsingh Judgement.

These Wednesday Night Public Consultations will continue on regular basis, allowing members of the union & the general public to come vent their views and or concerns on any issue of national importance and seek any assistance from the ATGWTU as to the resolutions of their issues.

The ATGWTU understands the frustration many of our citizens face, in seeking an outlet and assistance and as such the ATGWTU is ready to offer any help in alleviating any of the issues, with use of their legal and administrative staff .

We hope that the citizens of the Republic of Trinidad & Tobago will see the ATGWTU as a bright light in the sometimes the dark times we face, as we start the process with our Wednesday Night Public Consultation Meeting .

Nirvan Maharaj
President General

Friday, July 18, 2014

the March Begins . . .

Ex-Caroni workers give PM ultimatum

Story Created: Jul 18, 2014 at 9:01 PM ECT
Story Updated: Jul 18, 2014 at 9:01 PM ECT

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 There is no greater injustice than what has been done against the former Caroni workers.
This was the unrelen­ting cry from ex-Caroni sugar workers who participated in a march through Port of Spain to the Prime Minister’s Office in St Clair yesterday.

Doularchan Chattergoon, one of the former su­gar workers, stated: “It has been almost 11 years since the closure of Caroni (1975) Ltd, and many of us are still waiting for our VSEP (vol­untary separation of employment) packages. Everyone else but the former sugar workers got what they were promised. It is time to demand what is ours.”

President general of the All Trinidad General Workers’ Trade Union (ATSGWTU) Nirvan Maharaj led the march to the Prime Minister’s Office, with the intention of presenting her with a letter entailing their grievances and demanding resolution of the situation.

He said their grievan­ces ranged from unfulfilled promises of agricultu­ral leases, granted leases with no clear land location, and cases of people being allocated lands, dislocated and yet to be reallocated.

“We are giving her ten days to respond. If there is none, there will be former Caroni workers converging in front of her office every single day with placards protesting till we get a response. If this Government cannot take care of us, then maybe the time has come to create a new machinery to take care of ourselves,” Maharaj said.

The crowd was in loud agreement it had been too long and the time had come for all former sugar workers to collectively take a stand.

This Ex Caroni Worker . .

This Ex-Caroni Worker was DETERMINE to show the Prime Minister . . .

Photo Album of the March on Port-of-Spain

Monday, July 14, 2014

Mobilization for "March to Port-of-Spain"

Mobilization in California, Couva

Ex Caroni workers to march in Port-of-Spain

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By LAUREL V WILLIAMS Monday, July 14 2014

HUNDREDS of ex-Caroni (1975) Limited workers are expected to march into Port-of-Spain on Friday following which they intend to deliver a letter to Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar demanding that she address outstanding issues relating to the closure of the company.

President of the Sugar Boilers Association (SBA) and co-ordinator of the Ex-Caroni Workers Association, Rakeeb Mohammed, told Newsday that upon delivering the letter, they are giving her 10 days to respond.

Failure to respond, he added, would result in daily protest action in Port-of-Spain. “We are expecting more than 1,000 people to attend on Friday from 10 am at the Queen’s Park Savannah. We will be walking from the Savannah to the Diplomatic Centre to deliver the letter. We are giving her a 10-day deadline to respond to us. If no response, after that, we will intensify our protests on a daily basis in Port-of-Spain,” Mohammed explained.

The Diplomatic Centre located at La Fantasie Road at St Ann’s is on the same compound of the Prime Minister’s official residence. The march is a collaboration among members of the SBA, the Ex Caroni Workers Association and the All Trinidad General Workers Trade Union (ATGWTU). Mohammed noted that the letter outlines the outstanding issues for the past 11 years of the now defunct Caroni (1975) Limited in which a promised package to workers has not been completed.

He noted that as part of the Voluntary Separation Employment Programme (VSEP) package, Caroni workers were each promised a two acre plot of agriculture land plus a residential lot. “We are demanding that the Prime Minister take immediate action.

Up to today only about 1,900 people received residential plots and about 2,300 received the agricultural plots. They received these leases but with no infrastructural work in place for the agriculture,” Mohammed charged.

He further charged that most of the residential plots given had no supply of electricity, water and sewer. Mohammed explained that the ex-Caroni workers are getting ‘real trouble’ accessing water and electricity. In addition, some recipients of agricultural leases three years ago still do not know where the plots are.

“In 2007/8, a High Court judgement noted that the government of the day should give each Caroni worker a residential plot with all infrastructural works plus a two acre agricultural plot with all infrastructural work,” Mohammed said. This ruling, Mohammed recalled, was appealed by the then ruling Peoples’ National Movement (PNM) government. Mohammed added: “But when the People’s Partnership government took office in 2010, the Prime Minister withdrew that appeal and promised that within 30 days the ex Caroni workers would have been relieved. More than four years have passed and not even 20 percent of the ex-Caroni workers have received their land.” More than 5,000 ex Caroni workers are affected, Mohammed said adding that Government failed to give them the second part of the package.