The Prime Minister has described the arrangement between the Government and the Oilfields Workers’ Trade Union (OWTU) company Patriotic for the purchase of the Petrotrin refinery as a “beacon of hope” for this country. He was delivering the feature address at the 49th PNM General Convention held at the Grand Stand, Queen’s Park Savannah.
“Imagine, if you will, a TT in which a trade union such as the OWTU, moving from being a strident and militant organisation constantly fighting against the government of the day for its survival, to an organisation that meaningfully takes a place at the commanding heights of the productive economy. This would represent a seismic shift towards that new society.”
Dr Rowley said Government recognised its role to provide the opportunity and a space of hope and vision for the OWTU as an organisation to move from worker representative to owner by enfranchising them as a commercial operator and taking up their role in the new society.