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Trinidad union wants labour disputes settled before elections

Published:Thursday | February 26, 2015 | 2:05 PM

The Joint Trade Union Movement has warned the coalition People’s Partnership government in Trinidad and Tobago to settle all outstanding labour disputes before the country elects a new government later this year.

The union, which has consistently criticised the Persad Bissessar administration, said it would also be staging an anti-government protest in the coming weeks.

It said the protest will specifically target Labour Minister Errol McLeod, a former trade union leader.

The union says it took this decision on the backdrop of the government’s continued failure to implement the Workers’ Agenda.

It says it is particularly outraged that after five years in office the People’s Partnership government has made no attempt to amend the Industrial Relations Act, to bring it in line with international labour standards.