The Movement for Social Justice is saluting the trade union movement, this ahead of Thursday’s Labour Day celebrations.
The MSJ says there is no doubt that the social, economic and political advances that working people enjoy today are as a direct result of the militant struggles of the “warrior workers of 1937” led by Tubal Uriah Buzz Butler in the south and Elma Francois in the north; as well as the founders of the modern trade union movement – Adrian Cola Rienzi, E.R. Blades, McDonald Moses, John FF Rojas and Quintin O’Connor among others.
Thursday marks the 77th Anniversary of the historic June 19th General Strike and anti-colonial revolt.
The MSJ says while it celebrates the triumphs of the many workers who now enjoy several working benefits, among these maternity leave, vacation leave, cost of living allowance and pensions plans, it laments that there many who are not as fortunate and says the union stands in solidarity with the many tens of thousands of workers who today are without the protection of a trade union and are being exploited.
Separately, the party is urging the nation to challenge the status quo in Trinidad and Tobago. It says that as a political party it is committed to implementing real change that will alter the relations of power so that every citizen can benefit from social justice and equity.