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Trade unions being ‘disrespected,’ says Redman


President of the BSTU, Mary Redman

Trade unions in Barbados are continually “pounded and hammered” as they seek to deal with matters that reflect increasing disregard for their work and the people their represent.
President of the Barbados Secondary Teachers Union (BSTU), Mary Redman voiced this concern yesterday at the 74th Annual Delegates Conference of the Barbados Workers Union.
The outspoken trade unionist bemoaned the fact that this type of “anti-worker behaviour” was coming from persons and institutions that should know better.
Redman charged that this type of behaviour was reflective of “narrow self-interest and too often purely political mileage, all aimed at ship wrecking the work of trade unions and the industrial relations process in the country.”
“In recent times when workers and their agents face some of the greatest challenges and need the assurance that their attempts at co-operation and good faith for the greater good of the country are understood and appreciated, there have been too often attempts to crush and to batter the unions against the proverbial rocks,” she said.
“We have been fighting against attitudes which demonstrate less and less willingness towards consultation with unions. This has been coupled with more unilateral action against the well being of workers. We see this in the gross disrespect demonstrated in ignored correspondence from us; refusals to meet and dialogue and detrimental unilateral actions taken on the part of employers against workers. We have seen bad faith demonstrated at unprecedented levels in the country and this must stop,” Redman insisted.
She pointed out that trade unions had been disrespected in matters relating to the Transport Board workers, Barbados Light and Power workers, National Conservation Commission workers and the Barbados Investment and Development Corporation.
Redman said unions were now operating in environments where persons who should know better refused to adhere to the basic philosophy and principles of the social partnership as outlined in the various protocols.
She argued that in such a climate, Government should continue its overtures to ensure that the BWU was once again firmly ensconced in the Congress of Trade Unions and Staff Associations of Barbados  (CTUSAB) and the Social Partnership.
“This is necessary to demonstrate a genuine commitment to the ideals and tenets of a true and authentic Social Partnership. We cannot have the largest labour union and the only one representing private sector workers in this country excluded from that partnership. In my opinion to do so is to make a mockery of the very concept.” (NC)

14 Responses to Trade unions being ‘disrespected,’ says Redman

  1. Wade Gibbons
    Wade Gibbons August 30, 2015 at 3:01 pm

    Which subject she teaches again?

    • Kearn Williams
      Kearn Williams August 30, 2015 at 4:00 pm

      Aparently she is a geography teacher at the Lodge School. Now u see why they ain’t getting no academic scholarships. She busy causing strife as usual

    • Kearn Williams
      Kearn Williams August 30, 2015 at 9:02 pm

      One night she was on the television, causing strife as usual and after learning that she is a teacher there, I asked my daughter if she knew that lady. She looked and looked and the said No…I never saw her at school. And, she was very serious

  2. Thomas Katt
    Thomas Katt August 30, 2015 at 3:20 pm

    I’m not a fan of Ms Redman but she’s right.

  3. Kearn Williams
    Kearn Williams August 30, 2015 at 4:02 pm

    It would please my heart to see her showing the same interest in ppl children at The Lodge School. Maybe just maybe they might do better

  4. Violeta Patricia Piggott
    Violeta Patricia Piggott August 30, 2015 at 5:17 pm

    She needs to go to the Lodge School n teach d ppl children Or go long home all d time so stupeeee long is ass

  5. Kearn Williams
    Kearn Williams August 30, 2015 at 9:18 pm

    This is how the first sentence read: “Trade unions in Barbados are continually “pounded and hammered” as they seek to deal with matters that reflect increasing disregard for their work and the people their represent.: Think she corrected them on THEIR use of the English language?

  6. seagul August 31, 2015 at 9:06 am

    How come the message of the messenger is not addressed here….Why attack the woman if you don’t have a solution.
    There is some sad commentary here.

  7. Larry August 31, 2015 at 1:20 pm

    Crazy that you plp are here casting such stuff about the woman if not her it would be another teacher because a teacher is always the union head so stop the assault against her bias you plp

  8. CHARLES WORRELL September 2, 2015 at 10:45 am

    Ms. Redman, this is a fairly decent perspective but it ignores the other side of the process. I am referring here to “RESPONSIBLE UNIONISM”.
    If we look critically at the actions of the Unions particularly in the last three years, one could hardly conclude that the Union’s involvement was responsibly executed. A Union can break or help a country and Barbados has been in the forefront of such activity and the promotion of Unions. Unions must however weigh situations and must show goodwill in ALL its dealings.
    It is an unfortunate remark that is all too often visited upon our people, that of alledging that Unions are thrown to the side lines. This is not healthy for pending business as it seeks to disadvantage the other side. Ms. Redman ought to know better.
    The state of the economy should be examined and a conclusion reached as to the impact of the outcome. How the result affects the wider economy and questions of this kind must be carefully considered. In recent times, there has been little evidence that such analysis is part of the agitation.
    Lastly, let me make but a comment on the Customs issue: these are EMPLOYEES, HIRED and PAID to do a job; their boss, THE GOVERNMENT OF BARBADOS is now being told by its employees what it can do and what it cannot do and even as government tries to upgrade its effectiveness, these EMPLOYEES are telling what will happen ABLY BACKED and SUPPORTED BY THE UNIONS.
    Is this responsible unionism? Are the messages sent from here good ones? Is it ok for the dog to be led by its tail? Is this what employers and prospective employers have to now expect, that their employees will run their business?
    IT IS TIME for responsible behaviour and if the Unions are to enjoy a continued place of high regard, then, much needs to said and done.


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