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Public sector strike

Scores of workers have answered the call by the island’s two main trade unions for them to down tools today and take part in protest action.
Among those on the picket line are employees of the state owned CBC, the NCF and the QEH.
Opposition Leader Mia Mottley was among the large group of protestors for the march called by the NUPW and supported by the Barbados Workers Union.
Our photographer Remy Rock is following the march.

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16 Responses to Public sector strike

  1. Patrick Blackman July 6, 2015 at 12:57 pm

    Now what are we going to do Tuesday after the dog and pony show has ended?

  2. villager. July 6, 2015 at 1:16 pm

    This is the hundreds, i will be back later.

  3. Patrick Blackman July 6, 2015 at 1:51 pm

    @villager – don’t waste your time coming back, the numbers ain’t going to change.

  4. Harry turnover July 6, 2015 at 4:36 pm

    @ Patrick Blackman….this is only the smoke mate,this is just to let people know that the Unions en meking na sport.

    I know if School din dun last week,Ms Redman woulda called out all she troops.

  5. Patrick Blackman July 6, 2015 at 4:39 pm

    @Harry turnover – man we have had our differences in the past but does this action really make sense, honestly? The BWU did not provide the required support to the NUPW and we have to ask why? Why would anyone want to be associated with Ms Redman?

    The thing is chap, the unions have busted themselves.

    • Harry turnover July 7, 2015 at 7:25 am

      @ Patrick Blackman….of course the strike made sense. Didn’t you read that the BWU said that Water,Transport and some other Departments would not be included this time around ?
      The Unions are not associated with Ms .Redman,she made her Union associates of the march and the cause.

      The PM said he would not get involved unless asked,the Minister said the Unions were too hasty.I suspect that they would go back to the table with the involvement of the PM,the Minister and the Labour Office BEFORE the Unions start the fire.

      I ask you this….forcing people to retire at 60 and in doing so telling them that they DO NOT have the choice of accepting/rejecting a REDUCED pension and gratuity is the right thing to do ?
      Do you know the IMPLICATIONS of that action ? just now those people who are entitled to a Government pension and a NIS pension would be retired,leaving those who were appointed after 1975 with ONE pension, a REDUCED pension administered by the NIS and further REDUCED ( 35% ) if this forced EARLY RETIREMENT is allowed to take root.,and you and I know that if that is allowed to happen by Government,the Private sector WILL follow suit,and remember there is NO law in Bdos which says that they have to get an enhanced retirement package if one is forced to retire at 60

  6. ch July 6, 2015 at 5:28 pm

    Good for the union and all those who had the courage to stand up and speak out and march for what they believe is right. A lot of Bajans today are cowards and willing victims. But they happily take the benefits of other people’s activism.
    I am delighted to see our young union leaders going forward and I encourage them to remain focused and energized.

  7. Kevin July 6, 2015 at 6:06 pm

    This paper says ‘scores’, the Nation says ‘hundreds’. So what is it?

    • Harry turnover July 7, 2015 at 6:52 am

      @ Kevin…..the correct figure was dozens. Phase 2…. I am told would be a shut down and that would include thousands.
      Many people were AFRAID to march for fear of intimidation /dentification.

  8. villager. July 6, 2015 at 7:44 pm


  9. villager. July 6, 2015 at 7:47 pm

    so comments are being prohibited here now? smh.

  10. Patrick Blackman July 6, 2015 at 8:24 pm

    @villager. – I notice the same thing for awhile now.

  11. villager. July 6, 2015 at 8:53 pm

    They are now invading your privacy in their efforts to control their agendas,these forums are only for certain persons to express their rights to so called freedom of speech one it is not critical of the likes of what happened today.

  12. villager. July 6, 2015 at 8:54 pm

    correction ..once.

  13. villager. July 6, 2015 at 8:59 pm

    I say let them continue big brother is watching,or should i say father.

  14. Patrick Blackman July 7, 2015 at 12:23 pm

    @Harry turnover – thanks for your reply. Even though I am sorry for the 13, I tend to look at the facts and stay away from the emotions, unless the government gives in now, this must be solved in the courts and I am of the view that the union didn’t have to take this action, because nothing has change today, they could have taken it to the labour minister which they decided not to do because they wanted “street cred”.


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