posted 10 Jan 2012 21:02 by Garfield Medina
 by Gerry Kangalee



The National Workers Union (NWU) congratulates the workers at the port of Port of Spain, members of the Seamen and Waterfront Workers Trade Union (SWWTU) and Trinidad Cement Ltd., members of the Oilfields Workers’ Trade Union (OWTU), for taking direct action in an effort to beat back the government-inspired wage suppression policy. Given the government’s hard headedness and arrogance in imposing the five percent wage cap on public sector workers and the eagerness of the capitalists to follow suit, it was bound to come to this. More.


posted 10 Jan 2012 21:01 by Garfield Medina
by Gerry Kangalee   [ updated 14 Nov 2011 17:59 ]
On Saturday 12th November 2011, it was announced that the Macoya Wholesale Market was renamed in honour of Norris Deonarine.

The announcement was made by Minister of Agriculture, Vasant Bharat at the 37th anniversary celebration of the National Foodcrop Farmers' Association (NFFA) held at the then Macoya Market. 

Norris, who was the Education Officer of the NFFA and the leading spokesperson for small farmers, died in February aged 52.

Now if we could seriously embark on a programme of building food security with small farmers at the centre, that would be the ultimate honour.
Painting of Norris by Rafiki

Natuc cossabo endorses hunger marchWelcome

posted 10 Jan 2012 21:00 by Garfield Medina
by Gerry Kangalee   [ updated 13 Feb 2011 10:08 ]

The COSSABO organised by the National Trade Union Centre (NATUC) on February 12th 2011 at TIWU Hall endorsed a programme of action which includes a night  vigil in Port of Spain on March 11th; a Hunger March from Aranjuez to Port of Spain on 19th March and what has been described by some as a national sick out on March 21st

As expected there was a very small turnout (about sixty five) of officers and shop stewards, except for Contractors and General Workers’ Trade Union (CGWTU), although there were thirteen unions present including the Public Services Association (PSA) National Workers’ Union, the Maxi Taxi Association and the Custom Brokers’ Association. The Trinidad and Tobago Unified Teachers’ Association (TTUTA) sent an apology for its absence. more.


posted 10 Jan 2012 20:58 by Garfield Medina

by Gerry Kangalee   [ updated 18 Dec 2010 18:25 ]

There was much talk by president of the National Trade Union Centre (NATUC), Michael Anisette, of a sleeping giant (NATUC) having awakened as the labour federation’s hastily-organised demonstration wended its way through the streets of Port of Spain from its Memorial Park starting point on Friday 17th  December. 

Anisette harangued the workers for the duration of the demonstration from atop a music truck and in turn threatened and pleaded with the government to pay decent wages to public sector workers. In between the threats and pleas, he expressed disappointment and scorn for the leaders of unions that did not take part in the demonstration and proclaimed that NATUC was the labour movement..


posted 10 Jan 2012 20:56 by Garfield Medina



Friday 9th July 2010

Four years ago, at the last installation ceremony of the Transport and Industrial Workers’ Union, I, on behalf of the then executive, vowed to restore the dignity and respect of our glorious union and to place it in the vanguard of the labour movement in Trinidad and Tobago, and, indeed, the Caribbean.

In attempting to achieve that strategic goal, we embarked on an extensive and intensive programme of training and education of our officers, shop stewards and activists aimed at lifting, through them, the consciousness of our members and their ability to protect, defend and advance their interests as a class – the working class. This task, I dare say, we have achieved. more.


posted 10 Jan 2012 20:54 by Garfield Medina
Sutherland Urges McLeod To Lift PTSC Injunction
On July 9th the installation of executive officers of the Transport and Industrial Workers' Union (TIWU) took place at TIWU Headquarters in Laventille.TIWU conducted nominations for executive officers on 27th May 2010. Those nominated were unopposed. The new term runs from 2010 to 2014.
The installation exercise was conducted by former TIWU president, Comrade Clive Nunez. The feature address was given by legal adviser Clyde Weatherhead. more.

TIWU Will Not Tolerate Treatment of Migrant Workers

posted 10 Jan 2012 20:52 by Garfield Medina

The Transport and Industrial Workers’ Union (TIWU) is appalled by the treatment meted out to the workers of the Chinese Construction Company Beijing Luijan. 

These migrant workers live under inhumane conditions and are ruthlessly exploited by their employers with the silent connivance of the government of Trinidad and Tobago. more.

News & Comments

A giant ship doomed at sea

posted 11 Jan 2012 08:28 by Garfield Medina

Wednesday, January 11 2012

THE CL Financial group was like a giant ship at sea, doomed because of weaknesses in its hull and also because of the poor navigation which steered it into rough waters, chairman of the Clico Commission of Inquiry Sir Anthony Colman, suggested yesterday.

As he closed off a second day of cross-examination of Planning Minister Dr Bhoe Tewarie at the Winsure Building, Richmond Street, Port-of-Spain, Colman asked Tewarie for his views on the causes of the collapse of CLF. More.


posted 11 Jan 2012 08:12 by Garfield Medina

By Jada Loutoo Wednesday, January 11 2012

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A SHORT while after silently entering the home of his common-law wife in an effort to reconcile their strained relationship, Vishwanath Sharma allegedly left a bleeding Georgiana Sookoo screaming on the roadside outside the house while he fled.

The alleged admission was revealed in court at Sharma’s trial yesterday. Justice Hayden St Clair Douglas is presiding over the case which is being heard in the Port-of-Spain Sixth Criminal Court. 

Sharma, 49, is charged with Sookoo’s murder on October 24, 2003 at Mc Shine Street, Sangre Grande. more.

Anand not returning silk

posted 10 Jan 2012 20:41 by Garfield Medina   [ updated 10 Jan 2012 20:43 ]

AG: Anand Ramlogan

Anand not returning silk

... accuses Ramesh of 'political tabanca'

By Kimberly Castillo 

Story Created: Jan 9, 2012 at 11:50 PM ECT

Story Updated: Jan 9, 2012 at 11:50 PM ECT 

ATTORNEY General Anand Ramlogan will not be following in the footsteps of Chief Justice Ivor Archie and Justice of Appeal Wendell Kangaloo, who returned the title of silk conferred upon them last FridayMore.

Rowley calls for head of top cop

posted 10 Jan 2012 20:39 by Garfield Medina

Rowley calls for head of top cop

By Carla Bridglal 

Story Created: Jan 9, 2012 at 11:50 PM ECT

Story Updated: Jan 9, 2012 at 11:50 PM ECT 

Opposition Leader Keith Rowley is demanding the immediate resignation of Police Commissioner Dwayne Gibbs, whom he says is "a useless, pliable tool at the hands of the political directorate".

Speaking at his bi-monthly press conference at his office on Charles Street, Port of Spain, Rowley condemned Gibbs's and the government's handling of the alleged assassination plot against Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar and members of her Cabinet. More. 


posted 10 Jan 2012 20:38 by Garfield Medina


Gibbs confirms not enough evidence to lay charges in 'plot' to kill PM

By Akile Simon 

Story Created: Jan 9, 2012 at 11:50 PM ECT

Story Updated: Jan 9, 2012 at 11:50 PM ECT 

COMMISSIONER of Police Dwayne Gibbs yesterday confirmed the police have not found enough evidence linking 17 men to an alleged assassination plot against Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar and three Government ministers.

The Sunday Express reported exclusively this weekend the police probe into the allegations, which was led by Supt John Daniel of the North Eastern Division, was completed late last year. More.


posted 10 Jan 2012 20:29 by Garfield Medina   [ updated 10 Jan 2012 20:33 ]

By Clint Chan Tack Tuesday, January 10 2012

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OPPOSITION LEADER Dr Keith Rowley yesterday told Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar to return the award of “Silk” she received from President George Maxwell Richards on December 29, 2011.

Charging that Persad-Bissessar may have abused her office as Prime Minister by having this title conferred on herself, Rowley said, “The Integrity Commission has ears to hear and to see it. If they think it’s an act beneficial to the individual, then it is for them to intervene if they choose to intervene.” Rowley said as far as the Opposition was concerned, “this is political silk and this is a political matter.” More.

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Michael Prentice of the Amalgamated Workers Union 

comments on the issues affecting Port of Spain City 

Council Workers during a demonstration by union 

members outside Port of Spain City Hall on 

Monday 17th January 2012. Video.