I am sure you would remember this truism: “Beauty is in the eye of the Beholder!” I accepted this aphorism as a means of teaching that persons could have divergent views about the same incident. Professor Richard Drayton at King’s College, London, in 2011, wrote: “History is not merely reflection; …Read More »
Noble: How the neo-liberal myth of ‘Me, Myself and I’ poisoned T&T society
Our teachers’ day of ‘rest and reflection’ is entirely unsurprising. It is the natural outcome of events that began in the 1980s. The chickens have come home to roost. But even now, we, the society, are unprepared to confront the significant issues. We are stuck at “we want we money now”! …Read More »
Bermudez: What should innovation in T&T look like? And what is holding us back?
“[…] The number one roadblock is trust… Innovation presents a challenge to the status quo. Without trust, there can be no support for this kind of change. “The ‘command and control’ model, used in private and public sector entities, does not lend itself to innovation. We must allow broader participation …Read More »
Kangalee: Why Private Security Industry Bill will cement exploitation of workers—and why you should care
“[…] One year later, the 1995 minimum wage order removed the provisions for sick leave, vacation leave and the provision of uniforms that the 1994 order contained [for security workers]. “[…] Due to this removal, security companies are denying their employees the benefits of sick leave and vacation leave that …Read More »
Kangalee: Claim that workers can sacrifice wage increases for job security is a ‘Nansi story’!
“[…] During the Petrotrin shutdown saga, the OWTU actually offered to take a 15% wage cut in order to save jobs. The result? All, all, all workers were sent home. “The Communication Workers’ Union (CWU) settled with TSTT for 5% over a five-year period 2014–2019. How many jobs were saved? …Read More »
Dear Editor: Gov’t indifference to the man on the street offends me, not Kamla Susheila’s ‘slave master’ jibe
“[…] The fact is that 2015 – 2025 was declared by the United Nations as the International Decade for People of African Descent with the theme: Recognition, Justice, Development. “[…] Has our country ticked off any of the objectives of the Decade? […] Why be outraged by a pure, if …Read More »
Mottley: Rethinking confrontation; the pitfalls of the government and public sector’s existing relations
“[…] For many decades, T&T’s highly productive energy sector funded disproportionately high standards of living in its non-energy sectors, including the public service. However, production in the energy sector has been in decline since 2010, masked temporarily by extraordinary recent increases in energy prices. “[…] In such difficult circumstances, governments …Read More »
Noble: Harden children bound to feel—the story of Trinidad and Tobago
A ‘harden’ child is a stubborn child who has to feel the wrath– usually in the form of ‘licks’–to understand the lesson. Trinidad is a ‘harden’ child—repeating its experiences without learning from them. When the country is splintered and only the rich can survive, you are looking for trouble. You …Read More »
Dear Editor: Dr Rowley Govt’s 2% offer is a slap in the face for public sector workers
“[…] The mantra of those in authority, who are now offering public sector workers a meagre 2% over an eight-year period, was repeated time after time: ‘We are all in this together.’ “But I wish to remind them of a famous quote which says this: ‘We are not all in …Read More »
St Louis: Industrial Court’s T&TEC judgement is a huge body blow for social justice
The Industrial Court delivered a judgement on 18 February 2022 and ruled that it would be too expensive for T&TEC to pay any increased salaries at this time. As such the workers at the Trinidad and Tobago Electricity Commission (T&TEC) were not awarded any salary increases for the period 2015 …Read More »
Paul: Unions must focus on short-term contracts and labour-supply contractors, not vaccines!
“[…] Employers, including state enterprises, […] are retrenching their workforce of both unionised and non-unionised employees and hiring labour-supply contractors, to provide low-wage workers (mostly temporary unsecured, non-benefit workers)—thereby greatly reducing their labour costs. “Many refuse to pay NIS, placing this critical retirement, sickness and injury benefit system in jeopardy. …Read More »
Kangalee: Workers must take unions back from ‘mocking pretenders’ posing as leaders
“[…] The leadership of the labour movement has lost credibility and trade union leaders are being seen as ‘smartmen’, confidence tricksters and hustlers along the lines of insurance agents, lawyers, bankers, policemen, politicians and priests. “[…] If we are to defend ourselves, as workers, against the renewed attacks from the …Read More »