The National Union of Government and Federated Workers (NUGFW) is a trade union in Trinidad and Tobago. It was formed on 3 June 1967 out of a merger between the National Union of Government Employees and the Federated Workers Trade Union.
At its inaugural Convention, the NUGFW declared: “It is recognised that labour unity is essential to the social, economic and political progress of all workers. It is recognised, too, that the fragmentation of the labour movement inhibits such progress.”
The National Union of Government and Federated Workers (NUGFW) has played a constructive role in the development of Trinidad and Tobago at a time when that input was especially needed: – when the country moved from the wings of colonialism into Independence. Through its inputs the economic and social welfare of the worker was furthered and its presence affected political and constitutional change. Today there are many who are specialist in economics and government – many more than there were in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s and their contribution is being made – but the foundation established by the NUGFW is strong and from this they and the Union can continue to build.
Today, the NUGFW remains the largest union in Trinidad and Tobago.
The main objectives of the NUGFW are:
● Remedying the ills of the working class and with it the development of its country – Trinidad and Tobago.
● To be an influential agent for raising productivity in both the public and private sector.
● Pursuance of progress with a view of the attainment of social justice.
● To ensure the benefit of its membership through full visibility of, and access to, the services available.
● To be progressive and willing to adopt new strategies and set new objectives as changing economic, social, technological and political factors necessitate.
The creation of a website for the NUGFW will promote the objectives of the organization in the following ways:
● Introduce the organization in a format that is readily used by the people of Trinidad and Tobago
● Highlight the services of the organization in a structured, user-friendly and attractive manner.
● Encourage communication between members and the general public, and the organization.
● Provide relevant information, pictures and videos that will support the objectives of the organization.
● Provide visibility and accessibility to the leadership of the organization.