By J. Teelucksingh
This ebook offers facts that Labour in Trinidad and Tobago performed a necessary function in undermining British colonialism and advocating for federation and self-government. additionally, there's emphasis at the pioneering efforts of the Labour circulate in occasion politics, social justice, and dealing category harmony.
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This ebook offers facts that Labour in Trinidad and Tobago performed a necessary function in undermining British colonialism and advocating for federation and self-government. in addition, there's emphasis at the pioneering efforts of the Labour circulation in celebration politics, social justice, and dealing classification harmony.
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Tension at the Trinidad Lake Asphalt Company was successfully managed by the TWA when workers requested the Association to represent them in negotiations with the Company. 3% wage increase. 119 The rise in both the price of foodstuffs and the cost of living without a corresponding increase in workers’ wages, were the major underlying causes of the disturbances. ”120 There was a phenomenal rise in the average cost of living in the colony which peaked at 140%. 121 This increase in the cost of living, coupled with unemployment and underemployment served to exacerbate the economic situation in the colony.
92 The attitude of the colonial ofﬁcials to TWA members was one of intolerance. Urbain Lewis, Vice President of the TWA, was considered by Governor Le Hunte, as bothersome, I may add that I have been informed that there is some doubt as to Mr. 93 The non-recognition of the organization by the government partly contributed to the inactivity and ﬂuctuating membership of the TWA. But the Association persisted and is credited with the establishment of a Labour Bureau in Port-of-Spain in May 1913 with nine branches across the colony, to function primarily in providing aid for unemployed workers.
130 Immediately after the protests, the Director of Public Works, A. G. 131 To ascertain whether the TWA was involved in promoting the strike in Tobago, the police examined the list of passengers in search of names of TWA ofﬁcials who would have possibly travelled by the “Belize” steamer on 1 December. ”132 The Governor eventually agreed to establish a Conciliation Board to enquire into the conditions of labour in the colony. M. M. McShine, two representatives of the shipping companies and two representatives of 36 Labour and the Decolonization Struggle in Trinidad and Tobago the strikers, J.
Labour and the Decolonization Struggle in Trinidad and Tobago by J. Teelucksingh