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The Guyana Labour Union is a trade union centre in Guyana, previously known as the British Guiana Labour Union.[1] BGLU emerged as a labour union amongst black dockworkers. It was led by Hubert Critchlow, a popular cricket player.[2] BGLU was not the first trade union in the Caribbean, but was the first to be legally registered.[3]

The BLGU functioned both as a trade union and political party in British Guiana. It was founded in 1919. As of 1928, the organization claimed to have 1,073 members, out of whom 341 were women.[4] BGLU was linked to the British Labour Party, and affiliated to the International Federation of Trade Unions and the Labour and Socialist International (1924-1940).[5][6] The organized did not struggle for national independence, but concentrated its struggle on social matters and suffrage rights.[5]

BGLU was joined by A.R.F. Webber.[7]

BGLU took the initiative for cooperation between trade unions in the Caribbean. At the 1926 BGLU convention, the British Guiana and West Indian Trade Union Confederation was founded. In 1945, BG&WITUC became the Caribbean Labour Congress.[8]

The Guyana Labour Union later became associated with the People's National Congress.[9] Robert Williams is the general secretary of GLU.[10]

References

  1. ^ Alexander, Robert J., and Eldon M. Parker. A History of Organized Labor in the English-Speaking West Indies. Westport, CT [u.a.]: Praeger, 2004. 406
  2. ^ Randall, Stephen J., Graeme S. Mount, and David Bright. The Caribbean Basin: An International History. The new international history series. London: Routledge, 1998. p. 66
  3. ^ Honychurch, Lennox. The Caribbean People. Surrey: Nelson Caribbean, 1995. p. 118
  4. ^ Labour and Socialist International. Kongress-Protokolle der Sozialistischen Arbeiter-Internationale - B. 3.1 Brüssel 1928. Glashütten im Taunus: D. Auvermann, 1974. p. IV. 17
  5. ^ a b Kowalski, Werner. Geschichte der sozialistischen arbeiter-internationale: 1923 - 19. Berlin: Dt. Verl. d. Wissenschaften, 1985. p. 288
  6. ^ Cudjoe, Selwyn Reginald. Caribbean Visionary: A.R.F. Webber and the Making of the Guyanese Nation. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2009. p. 179
  7. ^ Cudjoe, Selwyn Reginald. Caribbean Visionary: A.R.F. Webber and the Making of the Guyanese Nation. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2009. p. 5
  8. ^ Mars, Perry. Ideology and Change: The Transformation of the Caribbean Left. Kingston, Jam: The Press Univ. of the West Indies, 1998. p. 41
  9. ^ Mars, Perry. Ideology and Change: The Transformation of the Caribbean Left. Kingston, Jam: The Press Univ. of the West Indies, 1998. p. 99
  10. ^ http://opnew.op.gov.gy/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=533%3Apresident-jagdeo-joins-hundreds-at-may-day-activities&Itemid=72
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