He died in Georgetown in 1958. On December 2, 1964, the then Prime Minister of Guyana, Dr. Cheddi Jagan, a bronze statue by Critchlow in the grounds of Parliament Buildings.
Hubert Nathaniel Critchlow, OBE, was born to James Nathaniel and Julia Elizabeth Critchlow in Georgetown, British Guiana. Critchlow is known as the “father of the union movement” in Guyana for his pioneering role in organizing workers.
Hubert Nathaniel Critchlow is known as the “father of the union movement” in Guyana for his pioneering role in organizing workers. He dedicated his life to changing the harsh conditions men were forced to work in.
However, there are currently two workers’ organizations: Guyana Trades Unions Congress (TUC) and Federation of Independent Trade Unions of Guyana (FITUG).
Happy Labor Day! This memorial features Hubert Nathaniel Critchlow, often referred to as the father of unions. He was the first man in British Guiana to formalize labor negotiations.
This international holiday is celebrated on May 1st. It is most commonly associated with a commemoration of the achievements of the labor movement.
Hubert Nathaniel Critchlow (December 18, 1884 – May 14, 1958) is considered the founder of the modern trade union movement in Guyana.
The BGLU was founded in 1919 and originated as a union among black dockers. Led by Hubert Critchlow. It soon expanded into a colony-wide labor movement. BGLU was not the first union in the Caribbean, but the first to be legally registered.
Trade unions have traditionally played an important role in Guyana’s political life. They began to develop when Hubert Nathaniel Critchlow mobilized longshoremen in 1917 and formed the country’s first trade union, the British Guyana Labor Union (BGLU).