GTUC retains Civil Rights Lawyer for Walter Rodney COI



Walter Rodney
Walter Rodney

[] – The Guyana Trades Union Congress (GTUC) has decided to participate in the Commission of Inquiry (COI) into the assassination of Walter Rodney.

The Union in a statement on Sunday, April 20 noted that it has hired Civil Rights Lawyer Selwyn A. Pieters, to represent its interest in the COI.

“The GTUC met the commissioners when they were on their exploratory visit and expressed concerns with the Terms of Reference (ToR). Dr. Walter Rodney remains a national and international figure and in the present circumstance cannot be looked at as the property of a specific family or group, for he belongs to all of us, and consultation as to the way forward in arriving at the truth should have involved everyone. GTUC strongly holds the view that the ToR should have has the input of all the Members of the National Assembly since this was the forum that authorised and approved the decision for an inquiry.”

According to the Union, Rodney’s death has been used as a wedge in dividing families, friends, associates, political aspirants and communities.

“The GTUC is conscious of its role as a national organisation and guided by historical developments has taken a decision that it will not stand idly by and allow a national commission of this nature to commence and conclude without Labour making its position known.”

The People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR) recently announced that it will not partake in the COI.




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