Renowned Guyanese trade unionist Ann Anderson died on Tuesday following a brief period of illness.At the time of her death, Anderson was 51 years and was the General Secretary of the Clerical and Commercial Workers Union (CCWU). She was the first female to hold that position after joining trade unionism in 2005.Ann AndersonUpon her appointment as General Secretary, Anderson had vowed to attract more women into the movement. She wanted to expand the Union’s organisational drive, targeting non-traditional workers and the self-employed including taxi drivers, and grouping them so that they could be represented.A few months shy of one year after her appointment in 2009, Anderson led an exercise that picketed the Pegasus Hotel over management’s “union busting” tactics. At the time, the Hotel had 52 staffers who were represented by the CCWU and Anderson had stated that the owner, Robert Badal, did not want workers of the Hotel unionised.Anderson was also the Caribbean Regional Coordinator of the International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) at the time of her death. Her untimely passing comes as she was to attend the first ITF meeting on March 16, 2018 in Argentina.
CALGARY, A.B. — The National Energy Board has approved replacement for Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline from Alberta into the U.S. — subject to 89 conditions.The board says the $7.5-billion Line 3 involves rebuilding a 1,660-kilometre pipeline, and will be under conditions to promote safety, environmental protection and consultation between the company and stakeholders.The federal government must now make a decision on the project and it must still go through separate approval processes in the U.S. before construction can begin.- Advertisement -The project involves rebuilding a half-century old pipeline from Hardisty to Superior, Wisconsin that’s currently operating at half capacity because of reliability concerns.Regulatory wrangling in Minnesota has already delayed its planned startup by two years, to 2019.