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PHASE 1: No disruption at ports; water and bus services to run as normal


With the island’s two main trade unions preparing to embark on major protest action against the Government tomorrow, the Barbados Workers Union (BWU) tonight gave the assurance that there would be no disruption at the country’s air and sea ports and that both the state-run water and bus services would run as normal.

Following a four-hour long meeting which involved officials of the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW) at the BWU’s Solidarity House headquarters this evening, General Secretary Toni Moore outlined plans for the first phase of public demonstrations by the unions.

Toni Moore

We are calling on all our members in the public sector and all statutory boards to support tomorrow’s action. This support will be led by the executive council and staff of the Barbados Workers Union, excluding in this initial phase those employees of the [Barbados] Water Authority, Transport Board and our ports of entry,” she said, while warning that “we may need to ratchet up at some point in time”.

Further alluding to a possible Phase two to their actions, Moore said the BWU would not yet be calling out its members in the private sector.

At this point in time, our initial support, will not extend to the private sector, but, if and when that moment comes, we will be sure to write the Barbados Employers Federation and follow all established protocols in place for informing of that type of action,” she said.

NUPW Acting General Secretary Roslyn Smith and President Akanni McDowall heading into the meeting.

NUPW Acting General Secretary Roslyn Smith and President Akanni McDowall heading into the meeting.

The national shutdown was called by the NUPW over the recent retirement of 13 workers at the Barbados Investment and Development Corporation (BIDC), including 10, who were over age 60.

Government has said the terminations were in keeping with the law. However, the NUPW argued that the national retirement age is still 67. Neither union is therefore prepared to take the development lightly.

In fact, Moore said tonight they were gravely concerned about the level of disrespect, which exists in both the Government and private sectors, which was one of the reasons they were throwing their full support behind the NUPW.

As was previously stated, the fight, as we understand it, should not be reduced to the action taken by the Barbados Investment and Development Corporation to retire 13 employees. It speaks to our larger concerns about the level of disrespect, which exists.

The failure to consult, the removal of privileges and a shift in favour of approaches which seek to undermine our protocols and seek to establish processes of industrial relations. These approaches are not confined to the public sector but manifests themselves even recently in the atrocities of the [Barbados] Light and Power and other private sector employers,” Moore explained.

Former General Secretary of the BWU, Sir Roy Trotman, heading into the talks.

Former General Secretary of the BWU, Sir Roy Trotman, heading into the talks.

16 Responses to PHASE 1: No disruption at ports; water and bus services to run as normal

  1. Michael Blair Blenman
    Michael Blair Blenman July 6, 2015 at 2:50 am

    what kinda jokey strike is that ? Ports and buses should shut down first !!!

  2. Ralph White
    Ralph White July 6, 2015 at 5:03 am

    This strike is a joke. This is like setting preconditions to union meeting something the union does not accept.

  3. Ryan Marshall
    Ryan Marshall July 6, 2015 at 5:25 am

    Tell me what is the purpose of a national shut down man the all is joker I wish the people stay and do the work

  4. Daniel Polonis
    Daniel Polonis July 6, 2015 at 6:07 am

    This isn’t a strike. Its a mess.. If your going to have a strike then strike..otherwise shut up and do your jobs and stop complaining this Phased strike is a joke

  5. Thomas Katt
    Thomas Katt July 6, 2015 at 6:15 am

    What do expect when Trotman is involved. Nothing has changed with the BWU

  6. Andrew The Voice July 6, 2015 at 7:01 am

    This seems like a huge joke, recently the government sent home thousands of workers and they (The Unions) didn’t shutdown the island, now they do so for a few old geezers who would retire soon anyway, make no sense to me.
    But we are being led by children so what do you expect? the older (and supposedly smarter) ones seem to have lost their collective minds.

  7. Alex Alleyne July 6, 2015 at 7:02 am

    Putting the country at risk and all smiles on the faces . I guess its ok when you have a hefty bank account in and outside of BIM .

  8. carson c cadogan July 6, 2015 at 7:36 am

    Taken from my Facebook feed:”WHICH PHASE WE IN TODAY?
    PHASE 1: unions peremptorily cancels its scheduled meeting with BIDC and demands that the 13 fired employees be re-instated with immediate effect of Barbados will be brought to its knees.
    (That is known as flexing its muscles)
    PHASE 2: unions hold several hysterical meetings with members and make a number of threats.
    (That is rumoured to be their interpretation of the term ‘collective bargaining’)
    PHASE 3: unions declare a national strike for Friday 3 July.
    (Civil servants looked around puzzled and explained that they will be busy washing their hair that day. National strike postponed until a more convenient day could be found)
    PHASE 4: unions rethink the idea of ‘national’ and ‘strike’ so it becomes a ‘limited’ disruption (and by limited, I mean that 90% of the civil servants are no longer being asked to participate) and a demonstration, not strike.
    (This is known as lowering your expectations)
    PHASE 5: unions concede that they are a waste of dues and issues public apologies and refunds.
    (This is wishful thinking on my part, and is unlikely to happen)” RAQUEL

  9. Mark Wrd
    Mark Wrd July 6, 2015 at 7:45 am

    The first things that need shutting down is these unions . New trade unions are needed cause these ones keep failing the people.

  10. Patrick Blackman July 6, 2015 at 10:47 am

    A complete waste of time. As I said before Trade Unionism died today in B’dos, all we have now is kids playing house in the unions.

  11. Patrick Blackman July 6, 2015 at 12:37 pm

    BWU, how smart of you to quietly dump the NUPW by ensuring that your members from the private sector were not called out. You knew from the start that this issue was just nonsense and this chap was just power tripping.

    The thing is now both of you lack credibility, as I said before trade unionism died today. BWU if you had really planned to support the NUPW you would have called out all your members but you guys decided to stab the NUPW in the back. All silly people playing games, now no one will take you guys seriously again.

  12. Winston Arthur Trechane July 6, 2015 at 2:21 pm

    After Fruendel’s menacing long-pauses and no-eye-contact declaration of veiled threats and clandestine contacts with union stooges, the NUPW and BWU are now challenged to make sense to their financially affiliated clientele (members), while getting down on their knees to blow up the government’s illusion of competence and self righteousness.

    One sentence.

  13. Tony Webster July 6, 2015 at 3:35 pm

    The genesis of such farces, have long, deep roots. These stretch waaaaay back to the 40’s an 50’s when nascent political leaders realized tgat the best way to achieve serious national stature, was something like this:-
    1. Get admitted to the legal bar association, and Mel some money
    2. Get some legal a friends, and form a political party.
    3. Get some other ambitious friends, perhaps those who cud’t scrape a pass at Law, to open up for Trade Union business.
    4. Get latter T.U. hitched-up wid the strongest political party.

    VOILA: a perfect marriage of power, authority; “freedom”; wealth; fatted-calfs in abundance. The simple, oft-overlooked fact, is that when you align yourself wid a particular “devil” ( or try riding a tiger)… It is exceedingly difficult to dis -mount!

    Oops, I overlooked in my try at defining a perfect marriage:- that black-sheep…commonly referred to as “responsibility”… Or “social conscience”… Or even ocassionally…as “conscience”.
    Some chickens, dear citizens, are coming home to roost.

  14. jrsmith July 7, 2015 at 5:28 am

    @,Tony,W, hail , hail, on the button, this is serious food for though. Adding further , what has come to pass ,the region/Barbados adopted the policy of ignoring any economic interest ,what so ever in they future livelihood , but spending most of their lives ,building churches loosing they culture and heritage making them very religious.

    My take , we need in Barbados 99 businesses and 1 church. Not the other way wrong.

  15. jrsmith July 7, 2015 at 5:31 am

    The other way round.


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