President of the Joint Trade Union Movement Joseph Remy has described the upcoming Labour Day holiday lockdown as a “frontal attack on the trade union movement.”
On Tuesday, a variation of the curfew order, dated June 15th and signed by Police Commissioner Gary Griffith, revealed that the curfew for this weekened will begin at 10.02 am on Saturday and end at 5 am on Sunday. It will resume at 10.02 am on Sunday and continue until 5 am on Monday.
In an interview with GML, Remy said “It’s an overkill, a direct attack to target Labour Day in such a stringent manner. It really leads to a particular kind of governance that is scary. This is not a police state. Yes we are in a pandemic but we don’t want to reach a point where we talk about issues of fascism.”
He said there was speculation that this would be happening and that the government will be moving to muzzle labour leaders from speaking out on issues that include the mismanagement of the pandemic, failed leadership, the vaccination fiasco and delays in vaccination acquisition.
Remy told the media house, “Ironically the caseload is dropping but the curfew is increasing. We find it very strange that you will have a stringent curfew like that on Labour Day when you already had a curfew from 7 pm to 5 am. From all reports, we heard the measures were working, so I am questioning what is the need for a rigid lockdown on Labour Day when the labour movement would have been restrained in having any massive labour day celebration.”
He added, “ I am amazed at the extent of the lockdown. It is unnecessary at this time and it will put more strain on the working class. It is frightening.”
He believes” This is a clear target against the trade union movement.”
But, Remy assured that despite the restrictions the labour movement will find a way to commemorate Labour Day.