Church wants in on Social Partnership
A Roman Catholic cleric wants the church to be included in the Social Partnership.
Speaking today during a church service in observance of the 71st anniversary of the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW) at the St Patrick’s Roman Catholic Cathedral, Monsignor Vincent Blackett expressed surprise that Christian representatives were not part of partnership that includes the trade unions, private sector and Government.
“One of the things I’ve been asking for the longest time . . . is that the churches should be represented where the social partners are concerned,” he told a congregation that included NUPW president Walter Maloney and acting general secretary Roslyn Smith.
“I don’t see how you can have social partners in Barbados with the Christian community not being part of it. Our constituency is much wider than any particular group, and yet we are not there.”
“That is not fair,” he declared. “I hope that will be looked into in the future because what we need are people working together for the good and development of all people, and we must be inclusive.”
Monsignor Blackett, who had earlier called on unions to invite the church to participate in meetings, tasked the workers’ representatives to become involved in United Nations’ observances in recognition of black people.
“This is the decade for people of African origin and I hope that I will be hearing from you people,” he said.
He reported on his attendance at a recent meeting in Haiti that brought together representatives from across Latin America and the Caribbean “to see how we are going to respond as the church”.
He told the NUPW members: “I know I would hear a positive response from the unions as we look at the Decade of People of African Descent.”