“We will not be, we will not be moved.”
These words are no foreign concept for anyone who has been part of or observed a labour protest in T&T.
But at Wednesday’s Labour Day rally in Fyzabad, members of the trade unions stood firmly by these lyrics, standing undeterred by the showers which drenched workers during the 82nd anniversary of the event.
Critical of Government’s handling of the economy, retrenchments, a high murder toll and a failing health system, Joint Trade Union Movement (JTUM) leader Ancel Roget says that attempts were being made to return the working class to plantation life.
Roget made a call for citizens to unite and rebuild society on the basis of equity and social justice during the 82nd Labour Day celebrations in Fyzabad on Wednesday.
This country’s latest fast ferry, the HSC Jean de la Valette, once outran some pirate ships, a description from the Ship Technology website has claimed.
And citizens of T&T were on Wednesday given a glimpse of the vessels speed after it completed its journey from Cadiz, Spain five days ahead of the scheduled arrival time.
But the Jean de la Valette’s speed was not the main feature that had people on social media in awe yesterday.
Police are investigating the possibility that the hit on 36-year-old Candy-Ann Mc Intyre was ordered from a prisoner at the Maximum Security Prison.
Police sources said that homicide detectives began investigating the possibility, hours after Mc Intyre, a mother of four from Quarry Road in San Juan, was shot dead after attending her 12-year-old son’s graduation ceremony at Green Meadows, Santa Barbara Boulevard in Santa Cruz, on Tuesday afternoon.
The Maxi-Taxi Association of School Transport Concessionaires has warned parents that if the government fails to pay school maxi-taxi drivers $15 million owed to them, they are the ones who may soon have to dish out additional dollars to transport their children to school.
The Movement for Social Justice (MSJ) political leader David Abdulah has lamented that 90 per cent of workers have not had a wage or salary increase in the last six years, even while the Parliament debated pension increases for retired judges, MPs, prime ministers and presidents.
He said this was one of the many issues the working class faces under an inequitable economic system that the PNM and UNC have subjected the country to, as he called on thousands to participate in today’s Labour Day celebrations.
Back to the polls.
This in essence was the effect of the Caribbean Court of Justice ruling on Tuesday which held that passage of a no-confidence motion filed by the Opposition against the ruling party was valid.
Guyana’s Government and Opposition have been asked to come together to decide on the way forward for the country following the CCJ’s decision.
The fast ferry HSC Jean de la Valette has arrived safely in Trinidad and Tobago.
The vessel docked at the Port of Port-of-Spain shortly after 8 am after a journey from Spain that started last Friday.
A statement from NIDCO said the vessel will now undergo routine inspection and clearance by Customs and Excise and the process of acquiring relevant approvals and training of local staff as required for the vessel’s operation will start.
Two second-half goals by Armando Cooper in the 52nd and Edgar Barcenas in the 68th minute for Panama, confined T&T to its first defeat 2-0 in Group D of the CONCACAF Gold Cup in the United States on Tuesday night.
The result now means that the Soca Warriors will have to get a result each when they face the host in their second match on Saturday, and then four days later when they take on regional rivals Guyana.
Police are investigating the death of an 11-year-old girl, who was discovered dead in her room at her home in Arouca on Monday.
According to a police report, the girl had an argument with her sibling over a television remote.
Police said the girl was found dead shortly before 6pm.
According to police reports, there was a fight with the siblings and the girl's mother sent her to her room as a form of punishment.
About 15 minutes later, the girl's mother checked on her and found her unconscious.