Letter: The dagger is drawn; workers under attack

Dear Sir:

A hatchet man of the ruling class, for the past two weeks, has been on the attack, making all kinds of vacuous statements about trade union rights and false claims suggesting that the trade unions are more favoured under the Industrial Relations Act (IRA) than employers.

This of course is farthest from the truth. When the Industrial Stabilisation Act (ISA) became law in 1965 it was because trade unions were regarded as having too much power over the production processes in the country at the time. It succeeded because the movement was divided, because of the opportunistic behaviour of some of the trade union leaders, who went over to the side of the PNM, while the OWTU and TIWU along with some smaller unions opposed the passage of the ISA into law.

Between 1965…

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