Strike action next week at Mental

The Unity Workers Union is threatening to call out workers at the Psychiatric Hospital next week to protest what it deems to be intimidation of union members at the lone mental health institution on the island.

UWU General Secretary Caswell Franklyn issued this warning today during an interview with Barbados TODAY.

Caswell Franklyn
Caswell Franklyn

In correspondence sent on May 29 to the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of the Civil Service, Alyson Forte, Franklyn complained that previous correspondence, dated August 18, 2014, and October 20, 2014, in which the union had highlighted the workers’ plight, remained unanswered.

Franklyn also charged that the management of the Psychiatric Hospital had ignored the workers’ concerns.

However, in his letter last week, the outspoken trade unionist reminded management that it was still a criminal offence under Section 40 (A) of the Trade Union Act “to dismiss or adversely affect the employment or alter the position of a worker, because he is seeking to better his condition through a trade union”.

Franklyn also warned the management of the hospital that the union would seek to protect its members by any means necessary.

He therefore informed Forte that since efforts to amicably resolve the issues affecting its members have failed, the union intends to initiate industrial action without any further reference to him.

10 Responses to Strike action next week at Mental

  1. Wendy Clarke
    Wendy Clarke June 4, 2015 at 7:22 am

    I understand why they have to do this but from a humanity point of view what is going to happen to all those vulnerable people.

    • Wayne P Hoyte
      Wayne P Hoyte June 4, 2015 at 7:44 am

      maybe the vulnerable should join them in the action …… ran among them and the larger society

  2. Patrick Blackman June 4, 2015 at 7:23 am

    And this will resolve everything right?

  3. Marva Lashley-Todd
    Marva Lashley-Todd June 4, 2015 at 7:50 am

    do what you have to do

  4. kathy-Ann Clarke June 4, 2015 at 8:32 am

    Country just seems to be going down hill all the time. Please people, let us all band together and work at getting my beloved country back on its feet again. People are getting fed up with everything around them. Taxes, bills, money issues, working conditions, unemployment, even with ourselves.

  5. Dexter Squires
    Dexter Squires June 4, 2015 at 9:33 am

    Strike wa?…bajans don’t strike…dem just dumb n foolish..

  6. Janette Reifer
    Janette Reifer June 4, 2015 at 10:49 am

    It would be better if all the psychiatric patient strike. The whole dam place would be in uproar. The patients would out do the staff. Send them up to Headquarters. What a sight that would be to behold. /////Give the Media something to put in the papers.

    • Karen Farmer Troulan
      Karen Farmer Troulan June 4, 2015 at 11:34 am

      Lol I agree send them up to parliament HQ..maybe then we might get some decisions, and all will wake up!!

  7. jrsmith June 5, 2015 at 6:23 am

    As I said before , every issue , with unions and employers is now at war footing.
    Barbados ‘s problems , bad ,bad management, nationwide, a government who just not know what to do, a priminster out of touch with the people, reality , trust and a team all ,trying ,this and trying that to see what works.
    The people have no respect for most politicians , they are arrogant, lost, disrespectful, rude and reports to no one. a ship without a rudder.
    This is a special case if you care , this should not come to withdrawal of labour to so vulnerable this group of lives. where the hell is the priminster , this cannot happen .
    There is an old saying ,the higher a monkey climb the more you see his behind. this is where we are at in Barbados.

  8. jus me June 5, 2015 at 7:48 am

    I am a real IJJIT,

    So its de Mental in Blackrock and House of Parliment in de square

    an all dis time I is under de opposite idea.


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