The World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU), representing more than 92 million workers in 126 countries across the globe, declares its internationalist solidarity with the colleagues of OWTU in Trinidad and Tobago who have been waging an important struggle against the government’s plans to sale the assets of the Petroleum Company of Trinidad and Tobago, and against the retrenchment of hundreds of workers.

As international class-oriented trade union movement, we have underlined on several occasions that the energy-producing resources are-and must continue to be- peoples’ property, as they have been built on the sweat and labour of many workers. As the OWTU affiliates stated, “the people who are turning the wheels of the economy are being treated like the dregs of society”.

The big WFTU trade union family sends its solidarity to all workers of Trinidad and Tobago and guarantees them that it will firmly continue on their side, in their just struggle for the energy sovereignty of their people. At the same time, we call upon every class-oriented and militant trade union to demonstrate its solidarity with our class brothers and sisters in Trinidad and Tobago.

All national resources belong to the people and the working class!

Long live internationalist solidarity!

The WFTU Secretariat


World Federation of Trade Unions