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Donald E. de Castro renews call for Workers’ Union executive body

-VIWU celebrates 10th Anniversary Feb 8, 2014
February 5th, 2014 | Tags: de Castro VIWU work permit Anniversary
Acting President of the Virgin Islands Workers Union Donald E. de Castro underscores Workers’ Union as the answers to representation of workers’ rights in the Virgin Islands. Photo: VINO
The VI Workers’Union was celebrates 10 years of existence in the VI. Photo: VINO
The VI Workers’Union was celebrates 10 years of existence in the VI. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Acting President of the Virgin Islands Workers' Union (VIWU) Donald E. de Castro is appealing to members to come forward to reestablish their executive board on the verge of celebrating its 10th Anniversary of existence in the Virgin Islands (VI).

de Castro made the appeal earlier today February 5, 2014 at his Water Front Drive, Tortola Office in the presence of local reporters. He said that the Worker Union is not being as active and effective as it should because of a number of challenges including the non-existence of an executive body and the lack of togetherness among its membership.

He told reporters that while persons have been expressing the interest of being members of the Workers’ Union they are not coming to the forefront to be on the executive body, “Next year I will be 80 years old and I need to show people that this thing can work so I am not giving up,” he said.

Most of the interested persons according to Mr de Castro are persons who are holders of work permits and because of the fear of having their work permit not being renewed or revoked for some reason or the other, they are afraid to serve on ‘Front row’ positions of the Union. “If we come together as one, we can do things even a work permit hold is protected under the constitution of this country.”

Meeting as a body being one of the other challenges Mr de Castro said that he is hoping that as they celebrate 10 year on February 8, 2014, its membership would see it necessary to come together and for a meeting.

He said that had there been a vibrant Workers’ Union in the VI workers’ interests would have been better represented and justice would have been served in many instances.

While there is no special activity set to mark the milestone of the VIWU the Acting President is hoping that they would at least come together as a body and get an executive body installed.


11 Responses to “Donald E. de Castro renews call for Workers’ Union executive body”

  • apple pie (05/02/2014, 15:30) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    who will follow this man struppps
  • facts man (05/02/2014, 15:45) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
    With the labour department useless we certainly need this
  • billyb (05/02/2014, 19:35) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    Just like Edmund Maduro, I agree with many things he and Donald say, however, their message is lost behind their ignorance. Simply put: their bully attitude sucks. So where I would be interested in championing their cause, I certainly wouldn't want to champion their cause with them.
  • Hmmm (06/02/2014, 08:10) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Does those pen work. You need to embrace LOVE PEACE & UNITY before moving forward. This island needs help, all the ha-trade the VI people have for others need to stop. Bad minded people always suffer. Ms. lake is one. don't call on god if you no you have a bad mind.
  • Donald E. de Castro (06/02/2014, 09:00) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    It is unfortunate the negative comments some people make. You are not championing my cause, its the ones that are suffering in their employment and loosing their jobs. Ask yourself this question. Does Donald E. de Castro looks like someone that needs help? I do not need a Union, its the workers that do. And when people do not want to work together for their own benefit, everyone knows the end result. The businesses have their association (union) to look out for their interest. So why does the employees do not want to look out for their interest?

    A Trade Union is a continuing independent organization, created voluntarily and controlled democratically by workers, to protect and promote their interests first in their place of work, but also in society at large.

    The Union is open to all workers in the Virgin Islands including those with work permits and all Government employees.

    Remember that any group of people that unite, regardless of its name is a union of people seeking to accomplish a common goal.

    Unfortunately, the writer of the above article did not include the most important issues discussed at the press conference.
    • island man (06/02/2014, 14:05) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      You do not like Island people so how come you want them to join your union, for what? you think we stupidy. LMAOL
  • @billyb (06/02/2014, 09:28) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    u sound like u got beef with Edmund. Why u stressing yourself over he for...does it look like he really getting himself worked up over u? Boo Hoo........
  • Vintage (07/02/2014, 09:18) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Look at that sign. It looks as vintage as Donald. Good idea, Mr. Donald, but get some of the modern-day leaders with you.

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