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Leaders of the Joint Trade Union
Movement and over two dozen mem-
bers stood on the Brian Lara Promenade
yesterday mobilising support for what
is being termed the "mother of all
marches" expected to take place in just
over a month.
As pedestrians walked by, union mem-
bers handed out fliers and engaged a
few people in conversation, encouraging
them to participate.
While some passers-by stood to listen,
others grabbed fliers and hustled along
the busy streets heading to their desti-
A public awareness campaign for the
protest, which called on citizens to "take
a stand for T&T," was officially launched.
Oilfields Workers Trade Union Leader
Ancel Roget, flanked by Banking, Insur-
ance and General Workers Union
(BIGWU) president Vincent Cabrera and
Trinidad Unified Farmers Association,
Shiraz Khan said the march was impor-
tant for the future of T&T.
"The march which will take place in
Port-of-Spain, would be a major public
demonstration, Roget said.
"The JTUM has been deliberating for
quite a while and we have taken a deci-
sion that it is time we bring all the issues
to the fore.
"It is time we raise the awareness and
consciousness of every single person in
Some of the issues to be raised are
corruption, political victimisation, abuse
of power and authority, nepotism and
He called the dismissal of former min-
ister of the People Glenn Ramadharsingh
"one dismissal short of the whole Gov-
"The whole Government ought to be
dismissed," Roget said.
"We are saying that to do nothing is
not an option and therefore we have
taken the position that every citizen in
this country who believes that he or she
wants a better T&T, there is an oppor-
tunity to make a statement and stand
in defence of good governance," Roget
Roget said the date of the protest, May
23rd was significant as it would be the
day before th People s Partnership would
tell the country that they did a good job.
"It will be the day before they mam-
aguy the country and celebrate success,
which success they alone can celebrate
because they have taken T&T backward."
"It is time to take a stand and we are
doing it one day before they can celebrate
four years ion office.
Roget said the JTUM had extended
invitations to interest groups and to all
of the political parties, including mem-
bers of the United National Congress
"It is not in our interest alone but in
the interest of the wider T&T."
The JTUM intends to raise awareness
in several communities around the coun-
try, including Sangre Grande, Siparia,
Penal, Edinburgh 500 and communities
Members of the Joint Trade Union Movement (JTUM) hand out pamphlets for the movement's
upcoming mass public demonstration along the Brian Lara Promenade, Port of Spain, yesterday. The
public demonstration is scheduled for May 23. PHOTO: MICHEAL BRUCE
Clear watercourses in Diego to alleviate flooding
JTUM: 'Mother of all marches' coming soon
The trade union movement marched in
protest against the state of emergency
declared by Prime Minister Kamla Persad-
Bissessar in 2011.
They also joined the Peoples's National
Movement (PNM) last year in a march to
defend democracy following the
proclamation of the controversial Section 34
legislation, which would have seen two UNC
financiers avoid the justice system.
The trade union movement marched
alongside Persad-Bissessar, lending support
in the lead up to the 2010 general elections,
when the People's Partnership defeated the
People's National Movement by 17 seats.
Diego Martin Regional Corporation
chairman Darryl Smith is calling on the
Ministry of Environment and Water
Resources to do its job and help clear the
watercourses in the district.
Smith was addressing the media yester-
day at the corporation s office on the Diego
Martin Main Road.
"Our main focus is to alleviate flooding.
We have embarked on a vigorous programme
under the purview of the corporation. A lot
of people don t know that we are not in
charge of big watercourses, which fall under
Minister Ganga Singh," he said.
Smith said the ministry had not been
fulfilling its obligations.
"We want to see it started and the coun-
cillors want to be proactive, not reactive."
He said the ministry only puts on a show
after disaster occurs and spends money to
clean up the mess, but the people of Diego
Martin live on the edge daily when they see
He said the budget the corporation was
using came from under the previous admin-
stration and was geared mainly to paving roads.
Smith said the corporation had made numerous
attempts to meet with the ministry and was failing
to meet the needs.
"We refuse to go through that in 2014 and we have
to be prepared for the rainy season and not after a
Another problem faced by farmers in the com-
munity is access to property at Guave Road in
"The CDA (Chaguaramas Development Authority)
coming in and bulldozing the land because they plan
to build a road there. They locked the gate for the
entrance to the farmers and bulldozing crops. The
farmers have been there for 40 years," he said.
Smith said the corporation would continue to
make attempts to meet with the CDA.
A release from the CDA said it was
maintaining Guave Road to ease the perennial
traffic congestion into Chaguaramas.
"The authority today continued with the
roadway's brushing and clearing works, including
the removal of abandoned sheds, which started
over the weekend. This action forms part of the
early stages of CDA's plans toward improving
the safety of tourists and visitors to the popular
Williams Bay beach as well as the expansion of
the Boardwalk Phase 2."
The release said the maintenance followed
consultations with stakeholders for better
access to the peninsula, as well as the safety
and security of residents and visitors.
The CDA also sought to assure the public "it is
neither about conflict nor about displacement
but sustainable development."
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