TAWU threatens to retaliate to riot police

President of the Technical and Allied Workers Union (TAWU), Chester Humphrey has threatened to respond to the actions of riot police who forcefully moved protesting workers from blocking Breweries delivery trucks on Wednesday.

The Union leader who was not on the scene at the time said “the state has attacked the workers…we shall respond”.

Humphrey who was arrested and released on $3000 bail on Tuesday, for obstructing the movement of the Breweries delivery trucks from the Grand Anse Compound, has not said what type of response can be expected from the Union.

However, there has been continued effort to mobilize local and regional unions in this struggle.

Already the Grenada Bank and General Workers, Teachers, Commercial and Industrial and the Trades Union council have pledged their solidarity.

Madonna Harford and Chester Humphrey in conversation at the entrance to the Grenada Breweries with President of the Commercial and Industrial Workersr Union George Mason listening in

Madonna Harford and Chester Humphrey in conversation at the entrance to the Grenada Breweries with President of the Commercial and Industrial Workersr Union George Mason listening in

President of the Grenada Trades Union Council (TUC), Madonna Harford has condemned the actions of riot police against striking workers of the Grenada Breweries Limited.

“This is unheard of…the workers have a right to protest where there is need to protest and today’s action must never be tolerated.”

“We are very upset; we are very annoyed that the state apparatus had to be used to quel the workers’s issue.

Speaking about the next step for the TUC in this saga that seems set to run into the Christmas weekend, Harford said “if we have to go to the streets, we will go to the streets to show our disgust. ”

Meanwhile Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Labour, Lana Mc Phail who visited the scene along with the Labour Commissioner and Deputy Labour Commissioner said the way the protest unfolded is regretable and that she would endeavour to get both parties back to the negotiating table.

Permanent Secretary Lana Mc Phail with Labour Commissioner Cyrus Griffith (in white shirt and blue tie)

Permanent Secretary Lana Mc Phail with Labour Commissioner Cyrus Griffith (in white shirt and blue tie)

According to Mc Phail, negotiations in the wage dispute between the Grenada Breweries and TAWU, which represents the workers, ended just after midnight last night without any concrete decision.

“There was a proposal on the table but it was not signed.”

Mc Phail said they were waiting for a response from the Trinidad-based bosses of the company.

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