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for May Day
The three factions of the local trade union
movement buried their differences for May
Day observances on Monday and joined hands
in solidarity to protect workers in what is be-
ing described as a "volatile" industrial relations
"The way the Government and private sector are
attacking workers, we had to unite. In protecting them,
we must unite," Christopher Henry, of the Steel Work-
ers Union, told the T&T Guardian.
Henry said leaders from the Joint Trade Union Move-
ment, the Federation of Independent Trade Unions
and the National Trade Union Centre all participated
in May Day celebrations in San Fernando on Monday
and addressed workers.
Henry, one of 600 workers who were retrenched
by steel company ArcelorMittal just before Christ-
mas 2015, joined hands with the "new" trade union
Public Services Association President Watson Duke
did not participate in the celebrations with the other
trade union leaders, saying, "If I had the time, I would
have marched with them. But if I have a battle to fight,
I will fight the battle first."
Duke was referring to the protest he staged in
Penal on Monday with over 200 workers from the
State-company, National Agricultural Marketing and
Development Corporation, who are facing retrench-
ment. Henry said the the present industrial relations
climate in T&T is not very friendly to the working
class. He said the Government's austerity measures
to buffer the declining economy was only affecting
the working class.
"Banks and other companies are still declaring
profits and still looking to lay-off people. The climate
now is about retrenchment and the terrible effects it
is having on the working class.
Industrial relations labour consultant, Lindhurst Mur-
ray, of MCM & Co, who represents employers primarily,
said he did not think it the present climate was volatile.
Murray said there is some measure of tenseness but
he thinks workers are feeling pressured more because
of the lack of negotiating and communicating taking
place between them and employers.
He noted the Employers' Consultative Association
is not stepping forward to intervene and neither is the
Labour Ministry too vocal about inviting the different
parties to informal talks.
Murray said, he through his consultancy he has man-
aged to save quite a lot of jobs.
"When a company tells me about retrenchment, I
suggest alternatives like temporary lay-offs, reduced
work hours and shorter work weeks.
"This gives everybody the opportunity to go home
with a piece of the cake."
He said small business owners have also been feel-
ing the pressure. Murray said there are matters in the
Industrial Court where workers took a doubles vendors
and a punch man to court for firing them.
He said pre-school operators were also taken to court
by former workers.
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NOTICE AND AGENDA
Notice is hereby given that the Forty Third (43rd) Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Eastern Credit
Union Co-operative society Limited (hereinafter called Eastern Credit Union) will take place at the
Regency Ballroom of the Hyatt Regency Trinidad, 1 Wrightson Road, Port of Spain on Sunday June
4th 2017 at 10.00A.M.
1. National Anthem
2. Invocation/Credit Union Prayer
3. Reading Of Notice convening the 43rd Annual General Meeting
4. Adoption of Standing Orders
5. Credentials Committee Report
6. Welcome Remarks
8. Matters Arising from the minutes
• Board of Directors
• Supervisory Committee
• Credit Committee
• Education Committee
• Auditors’ Report
• Consolidated Audited Financial Statements 2016
10. Credentials Committee Report
11 . Nominating Committee Report
12. Credentials Committee Report
15. General Business
16. Closing Observations
Conrad Enill (Mr.)
Registration will begin at 8:00 AM
Please present VALID IDENTIFICANTION for Registration
ONLY MEMBERS of Eastern Credit Union can be allowed access to the meeting.
In order to facilitate catering arrangements members are required to register at any Branch, or by
contacting the cell centre at 800-4ECU (4328) by Thursday June 1st 2017
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