Unions and the private sector team up for joint march next Monday

Trade unions and private sector officials today called on all Barbadians to participate in a march next Monday, July 24, as they turn up the pressure on Government.

At a news conference a short while ago, Barbados Workers’ Union General Secretary Toni Moore and President of Barbados Private Sector Association Charles Herbert said the joint action would not affect the main ports of entry or the state-run Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

However, both officials urged local businesses to allow workers to participate in the event to show their dissatisfaction with Government’s refusal to return to negotiating table in response to their calls for a review of the crippling National Social Responsibility Levy.

Barbadians are asked to assemble in Queen’s Park at 10 a.m.

71 Responses to Unions and the private sector team up for joint march next Monday

  1. Candice Coppola Kistoo
    Candice Coppola Kistoo July 21, 2017 at 2:17 pm

    Where is it being held and what time?

  2. Angela Payne
    Angela Payne July 21, 2017 at 2:21 pm

    It starts in Queens Park but no mention to where it’s going to.

    • Barbados Today
      Barbados Today July 21, 2017 at 2:24 pm

      Hi Angela.. union and private sector officials have promised to provide more details later.

    • Angela Payne
      Angela Payne July 21, 2017 at 2:26 pm

      Barbados Today , thanks

  3. Sandra Lorde-Breedy
    Sandra Lorde-Breedy July 21, 2017 at 2:24 pm

    Up de ting!!! Up de ting!!!

  4. L.Allan Wilkie
    L.Allan Wilkie July 21, 2017 at 2:31 pm

    Don’t get tie up, this is long overdue. Maybe this administration will now realise, that DEM is the only ones thinking that the economy is turning around

  5. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce July 21, 2017 at 2:39 pm

    MARCH? #NationalStrike

  6. Ziggy Blessed
    Ziggy Blessed July 21, 2017 at 2:40 pm

    Well now we can’t deny that everyone fed up with the current administration……

    • Ziggy Blessed
      Ziggy Blessed July 21, 2017 at 8:16 pm

      the RT Excellent Sir Grantley Adams, Rt Excellent Errol Barrow, PM Adams, PM Sir Lloyd, PM Arthur, the senior citizens pass and present mussee shame to see wha their hard work come to……

  7. Angel Blossoms
    Angel Blossoms July 21, 2017 at 2:55 pm

    The entire population should turn up its time we join hands and show this government we are sick and tired of them .

  8. Paula Husbands
    Paula Husbands July 21, 2017 at 3:03 pm


  9. Ãmen Hotep
    Ãmen Hotep July 21, 2017 at 3:10 pm

    Need you guys in St . Vincent

  10. Lee R July 21, 2017 at 3:23 pm

    It’s about time. These 16 men cannot hold us to ransom.

  11. Peter Thompson July 21, 2017 at 3:25 pm

    Everybody please join us on this march for the sake of Barbados

  12. joan Worrell July 21, 2017 at 3:31 pm

    Now we know that the WhatsApp message circulated yesterday was authentic despite the denials by unions and private sector. The cat was let out of the bag by someone who attended the meeting.

    • Milli Watt July 21, 2017 at 10:48 pm

      @ Joan this crowd don’t seem to see a problem with the lamb laying down with the lion. the lines are truly blurred

  13. Gearbox1964 July 21, 2017 at 3:49 pm

    This Freundel Stuart Administration refusing to do the right thing and call elections…because they know they will lose…so they prefer to mek all uh we suck salt right down to the last minute. Bunch uh arrogant disgusting wicked @#$%^.

  14. Troy July 21, 2017 at 3:51 pm

    Time for Action. Enough dialogue and consultation.

  15. Taylor Dane
    Taylor Dane July 21, 2017 at 4:09 pm

    Alright then the shaggers in the moss that feeding back information. Take that Forward ever backward never. Let the march begin.

  16. Samantha Best July 21, 2017 at 4:10 pm

    Saw the make up of the private sector associations in Barbados at LES? 95% black population !! 98% businesses owned by the minority group.Now the masses marching with the minorities!! What cohesiveness!! We have a lot in common.

    All this time the business men are looking after their interests by saying the ports shall not be closed. Hear hear!!

  17. fedup July 21, 2017 at 4:23 pm

    No longer shall we sit and see our beloved country remain adrift by inept leaders.
    Time to fight to save HM Barbados

  18. Sophia Martindale
    Sophia Martindale July 21, 2017 at 4:38 pm

    UP DE TING!!!

  19. Demetrio Moore
    Demetrio Moore July 21, 2017 at 4:38 pm

    Bajans could really behave… unless wunna planning to burn down de place and fight wid police and create unrest that should somehow evoke change…. then as de man say… wunna barely getting exercise.

  20. Heather Williams
    Heather Williams July 21, 2017 at 4:41 pm

    Up de thing

  21. Jherri Santana July 21, 2017 at 4:55 pm

    Wdh going on in Buybahdoss though..is this deja vu..Remember the grand Ole duke of York…1991 repeating itself this time..de private sector flexing them collective muscles????
    hmm..yah know dem say dat “money does talk loud in did country!!

    I’m waiting with baited breath to see how did ting gwine play out…I know Stewart aint neither OSA nor Tom. He surely aint no EWB fuh sure!!

    Wunnuh unions and PSA really want to awake did sleeping giant though fuh real??

    If did Pandora’s box is open..God help us..the youth are watching…I hope we can handle the fallout if those who know better don’t act quick,,nuff said!!

  22. Errol Rayside
    Errol Rayside July 21, 2017 at 5:15 pm

    Dont mind them– we drinking big drinks—that is only noise.

  23. Errol Rayside
    Errol Rayside July 21, 2017 at 5:17 pm

    UP DE TING!!!—-shut it down—–get DEM out !!!

  24. Jeff Evanson July 21, 2017 at 5:29 pm

    Those who pray for rain have neither umbrella nor shelter to shield the many who will get wet. I suspect Bajans want a little excitement and don’t really understand what might be created from an exercise like a march.
    I hope every marcher has a note in hand with at least one suggestion that can help turn the economy towards growth. Otherwise….stay home

  25. Hunte Omar
    Hunte Omar July 21, 2017 at 5:35 pm

    This support shows there is an effort by the Private Sector body and the Unions to bring down the government

    • Ali Baba
      Ali Baba July 21, 2017 at 7:00 pm


  26. Lorenzo July 21, 2017 at 5:43 pm

    Long over due,enough of the talk let,s get the attention of this Government ,one way or the other.I wonder what Saga Boy and the nuisance Joan Worrell got to say as their scare tactics ain,t working.Heard Mr lovell and the Trini Dem about to blow a fuse this morning but as they say sometimes you have to cut your nose and spoil your features.

  27. joan Worrell July 21, 2017 at 5:54 pm

    Lornza still wearing the same old red shirt with ‘Things dread, wear red, vote BLP”‘ . I hope that you wash the pumps yuh wearing and don’t stand up side uh Herbert Monday morning.

  28. Petra July 21, 2017 at 6:04 pm

    All of this could have been avoided Get back to the polls the majority of citizens want this don’t hold on to a dead marriage show some integrity and common sense

  29. Itz Queen
    Itz Queen July 21, 2017 at 6:06 pm

    Somebody help ma ! This is the same private sector that did complaining about de Union stance ,I missing something ,these is de same private sector that got da goods sky rocket ?i am confused really confused.

  30. Alex Alleyne July 21, 2017 at 6:09 pm

    A plan to bring this Government to it’s knees ,…….by any means necessary.
    Put the Defense Force on notice cos more action and a step to come.
    Bent on causing “heavy damage” until this GROUP leave office.

  31. Mark My Word July 21, 2017 at 6:13 pm

    After Massa, and the Parasites complain about the number of bank holidays in the year, dem giving we another bank holiday wid pay if you please “Red Maunday”

  32. Carson Thompson
    Carson Thompson July 21, 2017 at 6:31 pm

    so why are we marching again , oh just to up de thing not for better wages .. stuupeeess do IDLE PPL

  33. Big Man July 21, 2017 at 6:53 pm

    Thee Sly fox seduce the man that should of been the General Secretary and got he up in the Ivory Tower, now he going set up the mock General Secretary for the KILL.

    Same private sector that funding Management studies at UWI and teaching that people with Degrees don’t need the Union

    Same private sector that trying hard to destabilize the Union and buying out the top men in the Union, I hope dem soon offer Paul a big job.

  34. Ali Baba
    Ali Baba July 21, 2017 at 6:57 pm


  35. Ali Baba
    Ali Baba July 21, 2017 at 7:04 pm


  36. Ali Baba
    Ali Baba July 21, 2017 at 7:06 pm


  37. Breadfruit. July 21, 2017 at 7:37 pm

    @ joan

    Yuh very quiet now.

    yuh dun pompuhsetin pun Ms Moore

  38. Ernesta Catlyn July 21, 2017 at 7:37 pm

    Carson Thompson are you that simple. Do you know what inflation is? With the levy the price of goods and services will increase substantially, What the use of a salary increase if you can’t buy anything with the money?

    Mr Sandiford increased their salaries, if I remember correctly by 15%, knowing that a few months later he would cut wages by 8% – they get 7%.

    This government restored their 10% knowing that they would increase the levy by 8%. They have not learnt anything from their own history

  39. Alex Alleyne July 21, 2017 at 8:06 pm

    NSR levy my foot, The people just want you bunch out-ta here and the BLP saying to them “WE WANT YOU GONE , IT’S OUR TURN”.

  40. joan Worrell July 21, 2017 at 8:08 pm


    I was awaiting the official communique . The VOB 5.30 news said that the Barbados Chamber of Commerce is not part of any march on Monday morning . I suspect that you work at one of their businesses and are expected to be on duty at 8 a.m sharp.

  41. carl July 21, 2017 at 8:27 pm

    The people are tired of their docile character being taken for granted. Government must understand that they are servants of the people and not masters. The people just want reason to prevail but the government doesn’t respect the rights of the electorate. All the see the people as are tax payers. My late principal had a saying: All the government is doing is taking and so the people are hurting. When a volcano is dormant, life is good, but when it erupts people have to evacuate for miles. The govenment needs to come off it’s high horse to avert an eruption.

  42. Breadfruit. July 21, 2017 at 8:35 pm


    I will be there before 8 but I sure wont be there at 10am.

    I uping me tings and headin to d park.

  43. Jamel Layne
    Jamel Layne July 21, 2017 at 8:36 pm

    Ah hope the PM would sign an executive order to send all them home packing cause all this marching gonna solve what exactly… Will bajans finally realize they need to start paying for what they want and stop milking the government for everything

  44. David July 21, 2017 at 8:37 pm

    Strange bedfellows

  45. Alex Alleyne July 21, 2017 at 8:42 pm

    My question is , ” who going to lend BDS six Billion US Dollars” NOW all at one time ?. If not, will the IMF come and take over and kill we dead , or are we going to “burn out the MONEY printing machine at the Central Bank ?.
    I don’t care who sit in Parliament as long as BARBADOS is the focus and not self interest.

  46. Nathaniel Anderson July 21, 2017 at 8:47 pm

    If the people who were placed in control of our affairs have not lived up to expectation we have a right to complain. If they do not change their ways and instead heap insult after insult on us and bring draconian measures to bear on us, then we have a right to show them that we are powerful enough to come together in an effort to bring about the change we are asking for.
    People of Barbados, come out in support of your family. Let Monday be the day of reckoning.

  47. joan Worrell July 21, 2017 at 9:00 pm

    My comments are either being deleted or awaiting moderation

  48. joan Worrell July 21, 2017 at 9:03 pm

    It is unfortunate that I can’t respond in the manner in which I would like. I don’t post libelous stuff . I believe in freedom of expression and all sides of a debate or an argument should be published

  49. joan Worrell July 21, 2017 at 9:11 pm

    I will summarize what I said in a post which was deleted. When the dust is settled on Monday, the NSRL will still be in effect. There is a denial by both the unions and the public sector carried in another section of the press. It speaks to a WhatsApp message accusing them of planning a vote of no confidence in the Freundel administration. More will be exposed on that WhatsApp message in the fullness of time.

  50. Breadfruit. July 21, 2017 at 9:18 pm

    @ Jamel

    The people need to sign an executive order and send de PM and he gang packing.

    We he wuking fuh he or DEM. all ah DEM wuking fuh we.

    cah yuh tail and guh back to sleep

  51. joan Worrell July 21, 2017 at 9:31 pm

    Apparently I can’t comment on this topic any longer. Freedom of speech is denied.

  52. Loretta Griffith July 21, 2017 at 9:32 pm

    The hypocrites are really showing their true colours. One minute there is no truth to the WhatsApp, now the whole country is to shut down. Don’t care how much we lie, truth will prevail.

  53. Lorenzo July 21, 2017 at 9:43 pm

    Thank you for deleting that nuisance Joan Worrell ,she trying to out do Carson Cadogan inhogging up the blog writing pure rubbish .Leave her in George Street or on Talk u talk with fellow Dems John Lovell and Moreen Holder and the Trini Dem.Good riddance.

  54. joan Worrell July 21, 2017 at 9:46 pm

    @ Loretta

    The VOB 5.30 news said that the Barbados Chamber of Commerce, the Barbados Hotel Association and some other member of the Private sector Association were not part of any shut down on Monday morning. The report has not been published on Barbados Today and I didn’t hear the 9.30 news because they broadcasting the semi-finals from Kensington. Have you heard which other member of the Public Sector Association not closing their doors to business on Monday?

  55. joan Worrell July 21, 2017 at 10:11 pm

    Get a bath lorenza

  56. joan Worrell July 21, 2017 at 10:17 pm

    You wouldn’t believe that for all the years I know Lorenza he looks and smells the same way. The BLP should raise some funds and outfit him with clean clothes and make him take off that old BLP shirt from the 2008 election and the black and white pumps i.e dirt superimposed on the white pumps

  57. Saga Boy July 22, 2017 at 1:55 am

    Joan yah too funny. That March will take us back to the 1930s. Go ahead Lorenzo walk hand in hand and smile with your oppressor.o

  58. Lorenzo July 22, 2017 at 7:59 am

    Joan Woreell do not spread your fake news on this blog you do not know me or do I want to know you yardfowl so don,t go there.Tell the truth for once in your life,i know the Unions got you all Dems head spinning but do not spread lies or I will turn up the heat on you personally.

  59. Patty July 22, 2017 at 8:55 pm

    Men will bind themselves together in unions that will wrap them in the folds of the enemy. A few men will combine to grasp all the means to be obtained in certain lines of business. Trades unions will be formed, and those who refuse to join these unions will be marked men.–Letter 26, 1903. {2SM 142.2}
    The trades unions and confederacies of the world are a snare. Keep out of them, and away from them, brethren. Have nothing to do with them.
    These unions are one of the signs of the last days. Men are binding up in bundles ready to be burned.
    I making a appeal to Barbadians to recognise the signs of the times…the end is near..Beware of what the devil is doing to destroy this society

  60. Big Man July 22, 2017 at 9:59 pm

    No wonder the Pouting Princess want we to tek de 2% raise that Massa offering, cause she in bed wid Massa, while he trying hard to take we back into Slavery.

    Imagine Massa does lay we off as soon as a bank holiday coming up so he don’t have to pay we for the bank holiday, we talk to the Pouting Princess about this and I now see why she ain’t doing nothing about it. No wonder she does got so much secret meetings wid the Oppressors.

    Dis Princess is follower and not a Leader she is thee tail and not the head, but thee same private sector gine chew she up and then spit she out


  61. patty July 23, 2017 at 9:06 am

    Again I plead with Barbadians to let common sense prevail. The big business do not have our interest at hearts. The young eager union leaders are being hoodwinked under the guise of “looking out for the masses”.
    Remember (Union Leaders) those who praise you today will curse you tomorrow.
    There is a much deeper underlying motive here. The government has not done a good job (admitted), but, there is a system in place to peacefully remove them if people so desire. This talk which is gripping Barbadians is very dangerous. Leaders, Leaders STOP this incitement, I guarantee you, it will come back to bite you. There is a way which seems right to a man. This evil gripping Barbados will intensify, we are feeding the problems by placing dubious thoughts in the minds of the masses. This strike planned for Monday will do nothing but seriously damage this country.

    Be very careful not to run ahead of God….
    We are seeing what the Bible predicted come to pass.
    And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring;
    26 Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. Luke 21: 25, 26.

  62. patty July 23, 2017 at 9:17 am

    Is this the same private sector leaders who complain about too many bank holidays? We have come to strange times!


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