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Trinidad and Tobago workers march against corruption

Ancel Roget

San Juan, Dec 5 (EFE).- Labor unions in Trinidad and Tobago staged Friday a national march against corruption, gathering hundreds of workers and other citizens in the capital, Port-of-Spain.

The event was organized mainly by the Joint Trade Union Movement and Oilfield Workers Trade Union, or OWTU, the Trinidad Express reported.

OWTU leader Ancel Roget has previously said that his union disapproves of corruption reported in state enterprises such as oil company Petrotrin, which earlier this week halted talks with employees who are threatening to strike over pay demands.

Roget mentioned Trinidad and Tobago’s ranking in the Corruption Perception Index of 2014, published on Wednesday by watchdog organization Transparency International.

The CPI ranks Trinidad and Tobago 85th out of the 175 countries and territories, with 38 points out of a maximum of 100.

This is the second national march called by union workers in 2014. The first mobilization, on May 23, drew more than 25,000 people, according to local media reports.