Redman on crutches after damaging ankle ligaments

Barbados Secondary Teachers’ Union (BSTU) President Mary Redman is tonight on the mend after she damaged ligaments in her left ankle while participating in today’s march by the labour unions.

Redman told Barbados TODAY she twisted her ankle at Queen’s Park, The City when the area on which she stepped after completing her presentation gave way.

Despite the pain she participated in the walk with fellow union leaders and members, with the support of colleagues.

Here BSTU President Mary Redman is assisted by NUPW President Akani McDowall (left) and BUT President Pedro Shepherd.

Following their meeting with Opposition Leader Mia Mottley at Parliament, where Redman, along with the leaders of the Barbados Union of Teachers, the Barbados Workers Union and the National Union of Public Workers presented Mottley with a letter demanding a reprieve from the National Social Responsibility Levy, the BSTU president had to be taken for medical attention, as she could no longer walk.

Redman told Barbados TODAY the doctors placed her ankle in a foot brace and she will be on crutches for the next three weeks.

The healing process, she said, is likely to take between six and eight weeks.

However, a determined Redman she was “undaunted by the injury, crutches or not”.

Some 400 shop stewards and members of the four unions joined their leaders in a walk to Independence Square, from where the four leaders made the trek to Parliament in a bid to deliver letters to Prime Minister Freundel Stuart, Mottley, and Independent Members of Parliament Owen Arthur and Dr Maria Agard.

Stuart had initially refused to meet all four leaders, but changed his mind later.

However, the unions said it was too late by then, so they left the letter addressed to him at reception, along with those meant for the two Independent parliamentarians, both of whom were absent.

The unions want Stuart to reduce the contentious NSRL by 50 per cent, a climbdown from their earlier position that the tax must go, or their members be given a coping subsidy.

38 Responses to Redman on crutches after damaging ankle ligaments

  1. Saga Boy July 11, 2017 at 11:32 pm

    Seems like the numbers are getting smaller and smaller.

  2. Denise Blackman
    Denise Blackman July 11, 2017 at 11:35 pm

    Get well soon Ms Redman..

  3. Horace Boyce
    Horace Boyce July 12, 2017 at 12:00 am

    Y is dis news

  4. Greengiant July 12, 2017 at 12:09 am

    Wellness is not only physical @Denise Blackman.

  5. Mhizzjoan Moore
    Mhizzjoan Moore July 12, 2017 at 12:29 am

    The two a dem look like crutches fa true 😛

  6. Julian Reifer
    Julian Reifer July 12, 2017 at 12:46 am

    The Barbados middle and upper class on the move, fooling the population, wait until they get in power, if ya all think ya suffering now.

    • Lionel Gittens
      Lionel Gittens July 12, 2017 at 6:11 am

      Hail Julian. You are so right.

    • Ejd July 12, 2017 at 6:24 am

      If you are saying that the country will suffer more under the B LP you are being dishonest. It has never happened.

    • Dark Choco
      Dark Choco July 12, 2017 at 7:02 am

      I say this everyday nothing will change when they get in power

    • Ali Baba
      Ali Baba July 12, 2017 at 9:00 am


    • Shelly Ross
      Shelly Ross July 12, 2017 at 9:48 am

      So very true

  7. Cecelia Cox
    Cecelia Cox July 12, 2017 at 1:14 am

    Why the hell is this news?

  8. Itz Queen
    Itz Queen July 12, 2017 at 5:31 am

    If dondevil know he going say ,see wa I tell ya.

  9. Cheryll Lewis
    Cheryll Lewis July 12, 2017 at 6:03 am

    Sorry to hear ,prayer God healing

  10. Ferreira Claude
    Ferreira Claude July 12, 2017 at 6:03 am

    Battle scars….. I have to be empathic because she is one brave strong woman, even if she isn’t perfect. Many complain but are afraid to stand for their own rights.

  11. Lauraine Clarke
    Lauraine Clarke July 12, 2017 at 6:36 am

    May your healing be fast.

  12. Patrick July 12, 2017 at 6:40 am

    The unions are struggling, why don’t the BWU fight for workers from a leading security company, they still have Sandy Lane and Royal Shop matters outstanding.
    Do you believe a change in government reduse bar, hire back NCC workers, reduce income tax and give workers an increase in salaries/ wages?

  13. Patrick July 12, 2017 at 6:49 am

    How many businessmen drive cars as expensive as the union leaders?

  14. Roger Headley July 12, 2017 at 7:02 am

    Speedy recovery Redman. Ignore the armchair critics. Sit on their tushes all day, call the programmes and bellyache for hours but none as courageous as you. Frighten for their shadows and as a result stand for nothing and that is why they are falling for everything. Nuff prayers gone up for you girl, All is well

  15. Angela Howard-Graham
    Angela Howard-Graham July 12, 2017 at 7:02 am

    What is news

  16. Ernesta Catlyn July 12, 2017 at 7:15 am

    Horace Boyce you want to know why it is news. It is news because she hurt her ankle at Queen’s Park and with the assistance of her fellow Union leaders hobbled all the way to Parliament through the pain. The PM, in the face of our economic crisis could see fit to buy a $700 000 car because the one he had was breaking down, or so he said – he is to feel no pain. How about a more reasonable car in light of the situation.

    The MPs call back for their 10% – they are not prepared to feel any pain either.

    A barrage of lawyers at Solicitor General being paid by taxpayers high salaries already but the PM finds money to pay Hal Gollop privately even though a governmental case – the PM hrough Hal is to feel no pain.

    I really don’t have the time with you Boyce – have to get to work. Think on these things. At least, a lowly woman prepared to feel the pain – but then again we have been doing that from beginning of time.

  17. Bobolee Popo July 12, 2017 at 7:48 am

    Julian what meddle class you talking bout !!
    I saw working class persons demonstrating for the equal rights and justice..
    how ever the gentleman from political upper class refuse to meet with them,probably the only calories he burns is when he walk down the stairs of parliament and gets into his $700 000.00 Mercedes-Benz..

  18. Winnie Meade
    Winnie Meade July 12, 2017 at 8:27 am

    So sorry i hop miss readnan will be ok it the dam pat hold what i would like to know people or saying the union cannot do nothing please tell me how do you feel about nit getting no pay rise fir 9years now a mother some get $350a week now rent $750 or$800i say 3kids food rent water light bus far children lunch now school uniforme how on earth mother get through i womder is this right hell no way them in the house will never know

  19. Katherine Zettler
    Katherine Zettler July 12, 2017 at 8:50 am

    I wonder how long she spent in the QEH waiting to get seen?

  20. antionette sealy July 12, 2017 at 8:53 am

    I saw so many St. Michael East constituents that I thought it was a spot meeting. lol

  21. Rupert July 12, 2017 at 11:44 am

    Is there any special reason why our union leaders are wearing red?

  22. Natalie July 12, 2017 at 12:28 pm

    Unions all over the world wear Red . Please note that it represents solidarity, strength and courage etc. In short, Red is the official Union colour all over the world. I hope the next march that the Unions ask the workers to wear RED.

  23. antionette sealy July 12, 2017 at 12:39 pm

    If the turn out is the same as yesterday, I would suggest mourning colours. lol

  24. Saga Boy July 12, 2017 at 4:05 pm

    This will be Mary’s excuse for not participating in any marches planned for the near future. When she looked around and saw such few people she suffered an instant depression. She had to find a way out because there s not much support from union members. In fact more persons are now considering and indeed will withdraw membership because the leaders are out to sea. C

  25. Lorenzo July 12, 2017 at 5:05 pm

    Greengiant for a man not associated with the DLP why the hell you always on every post defending them ,do you ,Saga Boyand other Dems work?I hope they paying you all well as it could be your last mas.The event was not a march,as you all well know and there was a letter sent to Government departments threatening workers with a deduction of pay which I am sure you are aware of but did not mention as it would explain the numbers present.Remember this time longer than twine .

  26. antionette sealy July 12, 2017 at 8:40 pm

    Look what trade unionism in Barbados has come to. Workers want to be paid for taking industrial action. This is unheard of any part of the world. Nurses struck in the 80’s when Tom Adams was Prime Minister and did not receive a cent for the 17 days they were off from work. Workers at the Barbados Telephone Company never received a cent for striking in support of Comrade David Giles . Docking pay is nothing new. Why can’t the present crop of workers surrender a few hours pay for a worthy cause? There is no excuse for the over 2000 teachers who are on holiday, not turning up in Queen’s Park yesterday morning. It is a clear case of union members turning their backs on their leaders.

  27. Roger Headley July 12, 2017 at 8:48 pm

    Antion-ette (that is to be pronounced Antoinette)

    • Roger Headley July 12, 2017 at 8:49 pm

      Your petticoat showing

  28. Milli Watt July 12, 2017 at 8:50 pm

    now that is sacrifice……

  29. antionette sealy July 12, 2017 at 9:26 pm

    The Very Rev. Roger Headley is re-baptizing me. lol


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