Moore: Focus on the ‘have nots’

 Concerned that recent water shortages have severely impacted poor communities, the Barbados Workers Union (BWU) has called on the authorities to be mindful of the inequality gap.

“When we speak about the question of equality we have to look at the context and look at our situation for what it is worth,” said BWU General Secretary Toni Moore, arguing that too often the focus has been on the ‘haves’, when it should be on the ‘have nots’ in Barbadian society.

Moore said the lack of water was presenting a serious challenge to far too many communities,  pointing out that poor “villages” had been hardest-hit.

Kerri-Anne Turton of Branch Road, St Joseph, seems to be straining every muscle in her body in carry this bucket of water but could be saying what a relief to finally seeing a BWA water tanker even though it arrived in her district just after 1 p.m. yesterday
Kerri-Anne Turton of Branch Road, St Joseph, seems to be straining every muscle in her body in carry this bucket of water but could be saying what a relief to finally seeing a BWA water tanker even though it arrived in her district just after 1 p.m. yesterday

“Many of the villages have been impacted not by low water, not by slow water, but absolutely no water for days on end and as we go into 50 years as an independent nation, 2016 should not be presenting the same kinds of challenges in this particular area that 2015 has presented,” she said.

The union boss said it was disheartening to hear that Government would be spending money to take individual letters house-to-house, as part of its 50th anniversary of independence celebrations, when there were many households with children and elderly dependents without the luxury of running water to take a shower or cook food.

Moore also noted that sanitary concerns were challenged “because six days, eleven days, 15 days could go by and not one drop of water is available from household taps”.

5 Responses to Moore: Focus on the ‘have nots’

  1. Frank White January 2, 2016 at 7:13 am

    First let me say that I accept that these districts are experiencing water problems but you mean to tell me that the same residents who grew up knowing about these problems and the ones that now started shouldn’t at least by now have invested in a small water tank, come on. These situations are real and only a real solution will be able to solve them. You mean to tell me that you go have mice coming into your house and you int go buy traps or employ some kind of method to stop them from getting in. The helping hand that you are looking for is at the end of your own arm.

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  2. Sisleen Greene January 2, 2016 at 2:27 pm

    Will you tell the residents how they will fill the water tanks, you are suggesting they buy, Mr. magician

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  3. Frank White January 2, 2016 at 4:21 pm

    For starters, I have heard the residents saying repeatedly that the water comes back on but only for a short period of time so that’s how they will fill the tanks. Also, they can also trap rain water and use that for bathing, flushing toilets etc. The water from BWA can be used for cooking and washing up the kitchen stuff while as i mentioned before, the rain water will be use to do. People find excuses and someone to blame instead of finding solutions for problems that affect them. Being a part of the problem is not the same as being a part of the solution.

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  4. jrsmith January 3, 2016 at 6:49 am

    Who is this Frank White, he is living in la, la, land, He is living in the most well kept area in Barbados, hope so just thinking about himself.
    PEOPLE ALL , BLAME OUR ,USELESS POLITICIANS. Us real bajans, is preparing a trip to mars for our government ministers.

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  5. Frank White January 4, 2016 at 12:13 pm

    @ jrsmith, how on earth is telling someone that the best approach to ease the water problem for them is to install at least one water tank to either trap rain water or water from water authority when the water comes back on be only thinking about myself?? Maybe I should have just said, pray to god and he will get the water back on for good, gimme a break. These residents have to adopt methods to ease themselves out of the situation that they keep finding themselves in and blaming a politician isn’t going to solve the problem. Water tanks at their homes will.

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