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Apr 20, 2015

Is N.T.U.C.B. a House Divided?

The controversial Petrocaribe Bill has since been enacted and despite the N.T.U.C.B.’s seemingly lethargic response in criticizing that piece of legislation, a release by the umbrella organization was issued over the weekend.  The statement is preceded by a bit of turbulence within the rank of the trade union congress in the wake of Senator Ray Davis’ abstention from voting on the bill.  To make matters equally choppy, News Five understands that the prime minister has offered to meet with the unions but has requested that Christian Workers Union President Audrey Matura-Shepherd not be present at the meeting.  Matura-Shepherd is also the second vice president of the N.T.U.C.B. and has been rather vocal in calling for Davis’ removal as senator.  In the release, the N.T.U.C.B. says it is not against government’s right to make loans but that the new law flies in the face of everything it stands for regarding the fiscal management of the country’s resources.  N.T.U.C.B. reiterates that it is consulting with its membership via an education campaign in order to make an informed decision. There has also been communication between former N.T.U.C.B. President, Dylan Reneau, and Matura-Shepherd. From what we gather, Reneau has written a stinging letter to Matura-Shepherd criticizing her for seeking the removal of Davis.

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