The BWI-affiliated Progressive Trade Union Federation 47 (C-47) announced that it has fielded five (5) trade union leaders to vye for seats in the country’s parliamentary election on 25 May.
Three of the federation’s candidates are women, while one is a youth leader. The slate is composed of C-47 Secretary General Robby Berenstein and union leader Marcia Cumpler, representing the Labour Party, and youth leader Christel Koningverdraag, Claudette Etnel and Heinrich Rozen, representing the Alternative Democratic Party.
C-47 said that it is necessary for workers to have a voice in the National Assembly. The union said that it wants to bring the fight for decent work and safe workplaces inside the parliament, especially with the spread of COVID-19, and realise the Surinamese workers’ aspiration to increase their presence in the National Assembly.
BWI expressed its solidarity and support to the C-47 candidates. “We are sending our warmest greetings of solidarity and support. We hope for your victory in the coming election,” BWI General Secretary Ambet Yuson said.
There are 51 parliamentary seats up for grabs in the election. The Organization of American States (OAS) will monitor the process and deploy an Electoral Observation Mission.