ATGWTU to contest Local Government elections via its political arm

Monday, September 12, 2016 - 14:30

The All Trinidad General Workers’ Trade Union says it will enter the political race for the first time ever, doing so through its political arm, the National Solidarity Assembly.

The union has issued a statement saying it will soon begin screening candidates for the upcoming Local Government elections.

The following is the statement by the union:

"The National Solidarity Assembly (NSA), the political arm of the All Trinidad General Workers’ Trade Union is pleased to announce to the National Community that it will for the first time be engaging in the electoral politics and will be contesting several electoral districts in different Borough Corporations in Trinidad and Tobago.

Screening for candidates for the National Solidarity Assembly will begin on September the 26th 2016 at 1:00pm at Rienzi Complex Couva, beginning with the Princes Town Borough Corporation.

Membership forms for the National Solidarity Assembly and Nomination Forms for all interested candidates can be acquired at the Rienzi Complex Couva between the hours of 8:30 am to 5.00pm phone contact 636-2354 or 636-4280 from Wednesday September 14, 2016.

The National Solidarity Assembly is calling on all concerned and civic minded citizens, especially the youth, who are interested in becoming part of this new dispensation, in securing the future of our nation, to join with us as we begin the process of rising above the old politics of race and the two party system.

We are saying join with us as we attempt to rescue Trinidad and Tobago from the clutches of politicians seemingly gone mad with power and who thrive on the concept of “I is a PNM till I dead” or a “UNC till I dead”. We are asking our people to help us break these chains of mental bondage that keep our people in an electoral system that benefit only a select few.

Join us and help us bring Local Government back to the people where it belongs. There have been no meaningful local government reform for over twenty-six years, since local government seems to have has hijacked by the incumbent PNM and UNC , as a political tool to provide political patronage and hand outs to friends, family, supporters and financiers.

Join us and let us become the change we wish to see. Join us in saving our nation because only a people united can save the people.

We thank you for your kind consideration."