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The Legacy of Eric WilliamsInto the Postcolonial Moment$
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Tanya L. "Shields

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781628462425

Published to University Press of Mississippi: September 2016

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781628462425.001.0001

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The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Eric Williams and the Labor Movement in Trinidad and Tobago, 1955–1981

(p.126) Chapter 6 The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
The Legacy of Eric Williams

Jerome Teelucksingh

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter details Eric Williams’ relationship with various unions in the Trinidadian political scene. His ability to pacify the working masses through the University of Woodford Square is particularly interesting. In this space, Williams would express sympathy for working people and their issues while emphasizing the urgency for social stability. Despite his work with the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions, Williams managed to ascend to power in Trinidad by avoiding associations with unions, unlike most leaders in the Anglophone Caribbean who became national leaders after advocating for union platforms. The chapter then highlights another significant aspect of Williams’ progressive stance on labor issues through his advocacy for gender equality in the labor force.

Keywords:   Eric Williams, Trinidadian political scene, University of Woodford Square, social stability, International Confederation of Free Trade Unions, gender equality, labor force

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