Barbadians celebrate Labour Day

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Workers in the Ministry of Labour group parading through Dalkeith Road.

by George Alleyne

Labour Day celebrations began this morning with General Secretary of the Barbados Workers Union, Sir Roy Trotman, being first to lay a wreath at the feet of the statue of Sir Frank Walcott, a pioneer in the struggle for workers rights in Barbados.

Sir Roy was followed in this demonstration of respect to one of Barbados’ 10 National Heroes by Minister of Labour, Esther Byer

Sir Roy Trotman lays a wreath at the feet of the statue of Sir Frank Walcott. In background is Dean Frank Marshall
Sir Roy Trotman lays a wreath at the feet of the statue of Sir Frank Walcott. In background is Dean Frank Marshall

Suckoo, and a number of representatives of workers across the island.

BWU executive members had earlier led off workers from the Garrison, just after 9am, in a parade through Dalkeith Road, then on to Culloden Road, to the NIS building, the compound in which stands the monument of Sir Frank, the first BWU general secretary.

Following the wreath laying ceremony, workers proceeded along Collymore Rock, to Brown’s Beach on Bay Street to relax and enjoy  entertainment ahead of a feature presentation this evening by Sir Roy.

One Response to Barbadians celebrate Labour Day

  1. Olutoye Walrond May 1, 2014 at 6:45 pm

    A big salute to the labour movement in Barbados. The welfare of workers in this country would be no where near as advanced as it is, were it not for the indefatigeable efforts of this movement.

    I am always bemused when I hear workers themselves joining anti-union ideologues in criticising the labour movement and its leadership.

    You don’t bite the hand that feeds you.

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