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Hours after the Joint Trade Union Movement
(JTUM) met with the People's National Movement
(PNM) to advance its Worker's Agenda, one of its
leaders called on the working class sector to organise
itself properly, saying they cannot continue to hang
onto the coattails of political parties.
Banking, Insurance and General Workers Union
(BIGWU) president Vincent Cabrera made the state-
ment at the Oilfields Workers Trade Union (OWTU)
public policy forum, titled Going Beyond Two Party
Politics, at the union s Circular Road, San Fernando,
Cabrera said a third political force that could rep-
resent the needs of the working class was needed in
T&T, as in its history people have voted for a party
on a tribal basis but now there was a faction that
was willing to vote for a third party.
He added: "Workers now have a clear choice. Vote
for Bim this election and Bam next election and
spend the interim marching against the government
we just put in power, or sacrifice and build a third
party of the progressive type.
"If we don t do the hard work we shall continue
to hold on to the coattails of political parties that do
not have our interests and our views at heart."
He made it clear to the audience that he was speak-
ing as BIGWU president and not in his capacity as
chairman of the Movement for Social Justice (MSJ).
"I am speaking as BIGWU president here. Let me
just make that clear. And let me conclude by saying,
comrades, we need a political vehicle of our own
model to be present in the corridors of power."
VOTING ON RACE
Speaking at the same forum, political analyst
Michael Harris said T&T did not have two political
parties but rather two election machines that were
voted into power purely on the basis of racial rep-
"We do not have political parties, we have elec-
tion machines that mobilise themselves every five
years to go out there and get votes.
"A real political party would represent several
different kinds of interests, not just a racial one,"
He said neither party had any real programme
policy in place.
"They have no programme policy besides the
basic things. The UNC will build box drains and
roads and the PNM will build high-rise buildings
and maybe some roads. They are paralysed by any
real social transformation," he said.
However, in response to questions posed by
students, Harris said the country as a whole needed
to disabuse itself of the idea that racism existed
in T&T on any large scale.
He said while politicians played the race card,
people only voted on the basis of race as a default
position when they did not see their interests rep-
resented in any political parties.
A 35-year-old Freeport bakery
owner was held up yesterday and
robbed at gunpoint.
The incident occurred shortly after
midday at her San Francisco Lane
Settlement home, which also houses
According to Usha Ramlogan, who
spoke to CrimeWatch host Ian
Alleyne shortly after the incident,
the gunman ambushed her just out-
side the bakery and hit her a gun
butt to the head.
He then demanded that she hand
over cash and other valuable items,
including cellphones. Ramlogan said
she was robbed of over $20,000 in
cash and valuables.
Officers from the Freeport Police
Station are investigating.
Bakery owner beaten,
robbed of $20,000
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TALENT ON SHOW
We need our
BIGWU boss on political alliances:
Three new nominees for the
Diego Martin Central constituen-
cy of the People's National Move-
ment (PNM) appeared before the
party's screening committee last
night, each one hoping to be
approved to replace incumbent
MP Dr Amery Browne in this
year's general elections.
Party insiders said Browne could
not be screened again as he was
among four candidates who were
rejected on April 2. Browne was
not at Balisier House last evening.
The new nominees were Roger
Watts, a panman; Shari Reynald,
a human resource professional
and Christian Chandler, an attor-
Earlier, however, the Chaguanas
East executive was given two more
weeks to find suitable candidates
after six previous candidates were
The six nominees had been
screened previously when Oppo-
sition Senator Diane Baldeo-
Chadeesingh was chosen ahead
of them. But Chadeesingh sub-
sequently withdrew her candidacy
for personal reasons.
The nominees again rejected
last night were councillor Ronald
Heera, Nal Ramsingh, Deowatie
Lalchan, Clyde Supersad, Harvey
Koylass and Kellam Kowlessar.
Five candidates - Dahalia
Ditzen, Hashim Al-Mujaahid,
Kimberly Small, Lorne Sandy and
Tennille Alonzo - were also
screened for Barataria/San Juan
and after the interviews ended
they were told to hold on, as more
background checks had to me
made on them, sources said. It is
not expected that a decision will
be taken on this constituency for
the next few days, party sources
Party leader Dr Keith Rowley
presided over the screening exer-
cise last night.
Secretary Ashton Ford did not
make any announcements to the
media up to newstime last night.
PNM rejects 6 Chaguanas East nominees
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