Attempted Murders: none reported
Threats: none reported
Injuries: none reported
Arrests: none reported
Imprisonments: none reported
Dismissals: none reported
In August 2011, Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar declared a limited State of Emergency, supposedly in response to a surge in violence on the country’s streets and to combat drug trafficking. The National Workers’ Union, together with the rest of the labour movement, protested against the measure, arguing that the State of Emergency limited civil liberties, including the workers’ right to assemble, and was being used to obstruct the trade union movement’s campaign against the government policy to cap wages.
The trade unions of Trinidad and Tobago organised mass mobilisations and protests during 2011, in response to measures curtailing labour rights and the administration’s accusations that the trade union actions to defend workers’ rights were aimed at destabilising the government.