PRESS RELEASE On The Occasion of the Celebration of the Centenary Anniversary of the Struggle for Trade Union Rights in Guyana People's National Congress Reform Congress Place, Sophia, Georgetown, Guyana. Wednesday, November 02, 2005




The People's National Congress Reform salutes the Guyana Labour Union (GLU) on the occasion of the Celebration of the Centenary Anniversary of the beginning of the struggle in 1905 by Hubert Nathaniel Critchlow and the British Guiana Labour Union (BGLU) for the rights of workers to be represented by the trade union of their choice, better wages and better conditions of work. The Party considers that the recognition and celebration of Critchlow’s struggles and work is entirely appropriate.

The PNCR also notes with appreciation that the programme for this occasion is national in scope involving as it does stakeholders from across the political spectrum and all those who believe and understand that Critchlow’s activities were always national in scope. He worked tirelessly for all of the workers of British Guiana regardless of race. The PNCR therefore has no hesitation in supporting this programme.

Hubert Nathaniel Critchlow will forever be remembered as one of the giants of the trade union movement in British Guiana and the English speaking Caribbean. During his lifetime Critchlow took on the colonial regime and worked hard for improved conditions of all of the workers. In fact he succeeded in uniting the urban as well as rural workers in his quest for justice and the defence of trade unionism. In 1905 he led the seminal strike that was to bring about so many changes and eventually lead to the formation of the BGLU. His work and reputation were widely acknowledged in Guyana, the English speaking Caribbean and sections of the International Community.

The PNCR wishes this event every success.

People's National Congress Reform
Congress Place, Sophia,
Georgetown, Guyana.
Wednesday, November 02, 2005