What unrest?


Minister of Labour Dr Esther Byer-Suckoo has rubbished suggestions that there was turbulence on the labour front.

After receiving the Broken Trident at May Day celebrations at Brownes Beach with Barbados Workers Union (BWU) General Secretary Toni Moore, Dr Byer-Suckoo told reporters there was no industrial unrest in Barbados.


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She said with the maturity of trade unions such as the 75-year-old BWU, and Barbados at 50 years, “we have the capacity to weather any storm and do what needs to be done”.

Meanwhile workers have gathered in large numbers at the St Michael beach following the May Day parade, eating, shopping and relaxing as they await the addresses of BWU boss Toni Moore and Prime Minister Freundel Stuart.



Among those relaxing in the crowd is retired BWU General Secretary, Senator Sir Roy Trotman.


8 Responses to What unrest?

  1. Sheldine Dyall
    Sheldine Dyall May 2, 2016 at 4:36 pm


  2. Lilian Lloyd
    Lilian Lloyd May 2, 2016 at 5:35 pm


  3. Arthur Collymore
    Arthur Collymore May 2, 2016 at 6:35 pm

    The first thing when helping someone in need is to first realise that the need exists. The teachers in Barbados request a meeting with the MoE. The citizens of the country want to hear their PM speak on critical issues that affect them. Concern individuals want the Minister of the Environment to update them on Cahill. Those in the business community want to hear the Governor’s first quarterly report. We want to know when the nonconfidence motion against the govt will be debated. The fired NCC workers can’t get their case before the Tribunal adjudicated. There’s no word on the tidy sun of $55 million borrowed from the NIS by BTTI that can’t be accounted for. Every major trade union in this country as well as every other interest group have a grouse with this Stuart admin for doing little or nothing to assist their constituents. Against the above narrative the MoL can’t see the Chaos in the labour market even though there is the threat of a strike every other week. One is never so blind as one who refuses to see. How then can these workers & other citizens get redress if the minister, & by extension, the govt, can’t see the problem. If ever there was a case of the blind leading those that are more enlightened.

  4. Olutoye Walrond
    Olutoye Walrond May 2, 2016 at 7:41 pm

    What unrest are they talking about? The industrial climate in this country could not be more peaceful.

    It is true that the two Teachers unions have burning issues raising the spectre of strike action; it’s also true that one union already had two days of effective strike action, which they chose to call meetings;

    it is also true that there’s an on-going conflict between that union and the Minister of Education;

    it is also true that the main public sector union only recently blasted the employment Rights Tribunal over its decision to reserve judgement in the NCC workers case, calling it a mockery and a “miscarriage of justice”;

    it is true that the Ministry of Education has had to put contingency plans in place for the Common Entrance tomorrow because of the threat of another Teachers strike.

    No one is denying that these things are true, but they do not in the least bit suggest that there is any industrial turbulance in this country. The opposition needs to stop stirring up unrest among the people.

  5. BaJan boy May 3, 2016 at 1:24 am

    One would truly think the opposition is behind this non performance ,empty administration when u read what Esther Byer is saying. They have absolutely no respect for this country and are all just enjoying the ride.
    Barbadians fortunately are waking up and will do just what it takes to rid itself of this tyrannical Government…

  6. Donna Harewood May 3, 2016 at 6:21 am

    True, Olutoye! They need to stop it!

  7. Johnathan May 3, 2016 at 3:08 pm

    Lou is always quite objective wonder if the opposition was doing nothing what he would say. There is absolutely no evidence to substantiate any interference by the opposition.

  8. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce May 3, 2016 at 4:32 pm

    The Narrator.


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