Over 100 delegates are expected to attend the 56th Annual Delegates Conference of the Antigua and Barbuda Workers’ Union, which will be held on September 17th and 18th, 2023.
The conference will be held under the theme “The Struggle Continues. Our Commitment and Dedication – The Watchwords.”
ABWU President Kem Riley believes this year’s conference will be a defining moment for the local labor movement.
He highlights the many ongoing struggles in the world of work and draws particular attention to recent attacks on the local Trade Union Movement by individuals in political office.
Riley warns that if left unchecked, these attacks could have severe implications for unions’ economic survival and workers’ well-being. He encourages workers to remain resilient and committed to advancing the cause of workers.
The conference will begin with an opening ceremony featuring guest speaker David Abdulah, a respected economist and social justice activist who has been a leading figure in the Trade Union Movement in Trinidad and Tobago for almost 40 years.
Following the opening ceremony, the conference will hear reports from various workplaces that the Union represents and review several business matters.
There will also be a series of presentations and discussions aimed at formulating a Severance Protection Bill for parliamentary consideration, which is a crucial highlight of the gathering.
The Antigua and Barbuda Workers’ Union was organized and registered in 1967.
Today, it is the largest trade union in the local private sector and is affiliated with critical regional and international labor organizations