What did Tubal Uriah Buzz Butler fought for?

What did Tubal Uriah Buzz Butler fought for?

He is best known for leading a series of labour riots between 19 June and 6 July 1937 and for forming a series of personalist political parties (the British Empire Citizens’ and Workers’ Home Rule Party, the Butler Home Rule Party, and finally the Butler Party) that focused its platform on the improvement of the …

Where was Tubal Uriah Butler born?

Saint George’s, Grenada
Tubal Uriah Butler/Place of birth

What was named after Uriah Buzz Butler?

It crosses the Churchill-Roosevelt Highway at Valsayn. The highway was originally named the Princess Margaret Highway and was constructed in 1958. It was extended and renamed for labour leader Tubal Uriah Butler in 1988….

Uriah Butler Highway
Route information
South end Chaguanas

What were the butler riots of 1930s in Trinidad all about?

1937 – June 18th: Oil workers at Forest Reserve under Butler’s leadership began strike action. The attempt to arrest Butler on charges of inciting breeches of the peace sparks widespread riots and unrest. Two policemen, Corporal Charlie King and Sub-Inspector Bradburn were killed in Fyzabad.

Where is the statue of John Butler located?

Butler was awarded the nation’s highest honor, the Trinity Cross, and the country’s main highway has been re-named in his honor. Today, a statue of Butler stands at the Fyzabad junction also known as the Charlie King Junction, the place where police attempted to arrest him on June 19th, the day of the historic riots 1937.

Why did Tubal Uriah Butler go into hiding?

The Labour riots of 1937 resulted in turmoil throughout the oilfields. When strikes spread to the sugar factories, the Colonial government responded by issuing an arrest warrant for Butler. Butler went into hiding and the colonial authorities were unable to locate him.

Why was Tubal Uriah Butler awarded the Trinity Cross?

Butler is looked upon as the founding father of the Oilfields Workers’ Trade Union (OWTU) and the labour movement and is honoured with a statue in Fyzabad. He was awarded the Trinity Cross, the nation’s highest honour, in 1970.

When did Tubal Uriah Butler return to Grenada?

Returning from military service at the end of the war in 1918, he became active in political pressure groups and workers unions, establishing the Grenada Representative Government Movement, and the Grenada Union of Returned Soldiers. In 1921, aged 24, he went to south Trinidad and was employed at the Roodal Oilfields as a pipe-fitter.