Woolworth announces support for Monday’s march

Yet another business in the private sector has announced its support for Monday’s national march called by trade unions and the Barbados Private Sector Association (BPSA).

In a statement on its Facebook page, Woolworth Barbados gave early notice to its customers about its intention to join the march.

“To our valuable customers, please note that Woolworth will be joining the BPSA and the Trade Unions in the planned march on Monday, July 24 which starts at 10 a.m. at Queens Park.  Therefore, we will be closing at 9:30 a.m. and will reopen around 1 p.m. to enable all staff who wish to participate to do so,” the statement read.

Earlier Chairman of Williams Industries Inc Ralph Bizzy Williams supported Monday’s march by members of the BPSA and the labour unions.

Williams told Barbados TODAY that he would be closing all but three of his companies – Ionics Fresh Water Limited, which is a desalination plant; Sustainable Barbados Recycling Centre, which handles garbage disposal and Big Gases Limited, which supplies oxygen to the hospital – which he said could be considered “essential services that should not be disrupted”.

Chief Executive Officer of Automotive Art Douglas Armstrong also said that the company “fully endorses the initiatives of the BPSA” and would therefore be closing to facilitate participation in the march.

58 Responses to Woolworth announces support for Monday’s march

  1. Adrian Reid
    Adrian Reid July 22, 2017 at 1:23 pm

    It on…

  2. Sharon Sealy
    Sharon Sealy July 22, 2017 at 2:01 pm

    Now I know where I will definitely be buying my children school clothes from this summer……..BYE ABEDS!!!!!

    • Adrian July 22, 2017 at 8:40 pm

      Buy Abeds

  3. Sophia Martindale
    Sophia Martindale July 22, 2017 at 2:26 pm

    UP D TING!!!

  4. Lorenzo July 22, 2017 at 2:39 pm

    This march got the Dems yarfowls in trouble check the amount of posts on here criticizing the unions,Joan Worrell,Patrick,Saga Boy,Mark my Word,where are the others GreenGiant,Zeus,CCC,who seems to have disappeared,Antionette Sealy and the others on CBC like Mr Lovell,Ms Holder,the Trini Dem ,Rawle Ms Undecided and others but despite their criticism the March is on and there is nothing they can do about it

    • straight talk July 22, 2017 at 5:53 pm

      I like this one lorenzo, and thee yardfowls can’t do nothing about it especially that Trini Dem I hate to hear thee woman

  5. Shaun Yarde
    Shaun Yarde July 22, 2017 at 2:59 pm

    Wow ,very interesting

  6. Tracy Waldron
    Tracy Waldron July 22, 2017 at 3:04 pm


  7. Natalie Cumberbatch
    Natalie Cumberbatch July 22, 2017 at 3:07 pm


  8. Milli Watt July 22, 2017 at 3:25 pm

    my money on Fruns with this and after you march Monday then what. As far as I am concerned I am still waiting for this solidarity……..Tuesday is when I will know.

  9. Winnie Meade
    Winnie Meade July 22, 2017 at 3:28 pm

    Can we the public come

  10. David Cumo
    David Cumo July 22, 2017 at 3:49 pm

    Gine bout marching ?? One party cuf ya in ya belly and d next one kick ya in ya ass

  11. BIGSKY July 22, 2017 at 4:05 pm

    One thing I admire about “Bizzy Williams”,he has a business for everything from A-Z.I support you 100% sir, stand up and fight back.

  12. Efegeoff Geoffefe
    Efegeoff Geoffefe July 22, 2017 at 4:21 pm

    That place still there wow

  13. Alex Alleyne July 22, 2017 at 4:42 pm

    WE GETTING PAY FOR A DAY OFF , cos how you gine know if I went out matching in the hot sweltering sun, plus if I don’t like or support the march but just decide to take the day off.?????????.

  14. Breadfruit July 22, 2017 at 5:23 pm

    Up de ting on

    Now all barbadis gotta come out and big up did ting

  15. Sunshine Sunny Shine July 22, 2017 at 5:41 pm

    Freundel Stuart, you are going to go down in history as the Prime Minister with the greatest set of controversies and the one with the biggest question mark over integrity. Barbadians are going to show you how much contempt they have for you as you have shown them time after time, how much contempt and disrespect you have for them.

  16. lswiltshire July 22, 2017 at 6:00 pm

    fumble did not excel at BFS
    fumble did not excel at CaveHill
    fumble did not excel at Law school
    fumble did not excel in the Law Courts
    fumble did not excel as a politician
    fumble has not excelled at ANY THING ANYTIME ANY WHERE
    Why is it dat wunnah expected fumble to excel as de PM

  17. Angel Maria
    Angel Maria July 22, 2017 at 6:50 pm


  18. Sunflower Granderson
    Sunflower Granderson July 22, 2017 at 6:52 pm


  19. sticks and stones July 22, 2017 at 7:09 pm

    Let them march. Then what! the election bell would not be rung . The NSl would stay in place. The private sector has now shown how self serving there are . The Unions will be the ones left holding the bag

  20. Ali Baba
    Ali Baba July 22, 2017 at 7:19 pm


  21. Derek July 22, 2017 at 8:15 pm

    March is an exercise in futility. If Goverment rolls back the NSRL to 5% the unions want then the result will be about 7000 public servants going home .

  22. Itz Queen
    Itz Queen July 22, 2017 at 8:22 pm

    Monday you are going to witness something strange that you have never and probably will never see again in ya life time,Black and white come together for a common cause,to get ride of foopdal sooner rather then in a few months.

  23. sticks and stones July 22, 2017 at 8:24 pm

    Word on the street that dlp supporters are planning a boycott of those companies in the march. The school bell and kadomment bell would soon be ringing and definitely any boycott would send an economic message to the private sector as to who are the real players in this political game

    • Real Bajan July 22, 2017 at 10:23 pm

      There are more frustrated Barbadians than DLP supporters! A boycott of businesses not supporting the march will have more of an impact than if DLP supporters boycott the march supporters.

  24. Lilian Lloyd
    Lilian Lloyd July 22, 2017 at 8:36 pm


  25. Itz Queen
    Itz Queen July 22, 2017 at 8:41 pm

    I want my fellow Barbajuns to look and see Monday how the whites come out and support each other for their concerns about this tax ,it’s not about what it would do to you the labor,consumer,single-mother,pensioner,disabled,unemployed .Its the effect it will have on his business and the buyer with Less disposal income to consume his tax.let us keep an eye and learn from their United support.

    • Barker Antony
      Barker Antony July 23, 2017 at 10:05 am

      Look when and if that levy ever deceases prices ain’t coming down, them don’t care about poor people, technically you all fooling yourselves!!!

  26. Adrian July 22, 2017 at 8:44 pm

    Can an employer make me march? I want to hear from the legal minds out there.

  27. MArk Anthony
    MArk Anthony July 22, 2017 at 8:53 pm

    Wanna mashing up De roads with all this marching

  28. Lorenzo July 22, 2017 at 9:28 pm

    Sticks and stones what scare tactics you coming with?so what if DLP yardfowls boycott some businesses they can,t boycott all,since the have to buy food and school clothes etc.You Dems don,t get it do you,the people are sending a strong message to the Government they have had enough of poor management of the country what part of that you do not understand are you a Spaniard?Bring all the distractions you like the March on and the numbers will let the Government know enough is enough.Simple enough for you now?

  29. Sherlock Holmes. July 22, 2017 at 9:34 pm

    Sometimes it is better to let nature take it’s course.I heard David Ellis say all it might take is for the frustrated Dlp supporters to be incensed by some action and as there is approximately three to four democratic labor party supporters to one Barbados labor party supporter and if they feel aggrieved enough by some action that they deem to be unfair and come out in their numbers the dog dead.I can see these actions will eventually lead to infuriation and it just might happen. If the sentiments are so strong for change why the rush? As the old saying goes too many cooks spoil the broth and this broth will surely turn sour, never be too hasty and ruin a good thing.

  30. sticks and stones July 22, 2017 at 9:54 pm

    Lorenzo the Unions and some of those in the private sector cant march all day and nothing stoppiing them from marching
    Bozzie so whats wrong with dlp suppirters having the same fire within their belly to boycott the business that so foolishly plan to be part of a political march
    Calling on all dlp supporters to up de thing and boycott the business that participate in the march

  31. Loretta Griffith July 22, 2017 at 10:11 pm

    Massa day back.

  32. Marva Lashley-Todd
    Marva Lashley-Todd July 22, 2017 at 10:47 pm

    The roads mash up already and not only blacks feeling it. Both blacks and whites feeling the pinch. All ah we in this together

  33. joan worrell July 22, 2017 at 11:27 pm

    @Sticks and stones

    That sheep doesn’t understand English. It bleats a sound similar to the word ”yardfowls” continuously . When it attends BLP meetings the crowd shouts ‘Lorenza coming” and they scamper. It is a nuisance.

  34. jrsmith July 23, 2017 at 5:30 am

    This kind of march in barbados , is all almost a decade over due .
    Whether the election is call or not , you can see how this march black and white , is upsetting the politicians and they friends …
    ………………….As i will continuously shout the only challenge to this government , is the unions because the unions cannot be easily bribe or seems willing not to sell they souls to the politicians as like past union leaders………..
    Union leaders before , were managing the unions but were never in charge,………. Today this new crop of leaders just need to not trust the experts or the politicians and be careful of being sold down the river, by some of the trade unionist who cannot escape the clutches of the crooked politicians ………………………….
    Politicians are in shock today, to see ( blacks and whites) is planning to march ( This is a good day for our nation) hail, hail , to all who is taking part ,wish I was in Bimshire…………………….

  35. Jennifer July 23, 2017 at 7:10 am

    It is interesting. History will have the answers. This March will have to be the start of something bigger for government to sit up and pay attention. Will the partners stick together for the long hall. They will need great numbers. So BLP supporters will have to come out. So is it a march about tax or about bring the government to its knees.

    All of us have the power to boycott we should have been doing it years ago and not this issue.

  36. Carson C Cadogan July 23, 2017 at 7:52 am

    If White people want to rule this country, let then join a political party, mount political platforms, offer themselves as candidates, tell the people what they have to offer, when voting day comes hope that the people vote for them, in Parliament agitate for what ever changes they want. This is how the White people do it in Bermuda. However here in Barbados they want to hide in the shadows and pull strings to get the results they want.

  37. Carson C Cadogan July 23, 2017 at 7:53 am

    HERBERT’S WORD CANT BE TRUSTED. A few days he said this, “The Barbados Private Sector Association (BPSA) supports neither the recent budgetary proposals nor the trade union-led industrial action taking place.
    And it has also not engaged in any show of no confidence against Prime Minister Freundel Stuart.
    The position was made clear by the association’s chairman Charles Herbert following a two-hour meeting with its members at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre yesterday””, yet a couple of days later he is encouraging companies to close down , at the beginning of a work week , give their workers a Bank Holiday and pay them as well so that they can March. WHITE BAJANS are very self serving people they don’t usually do much for BLACK PEOPLE. So don’t get tie up. This is all about WHITE PEOPLE in collusion with BLACK STOOGES IN THE leadership of the TRADE UNION movement who are eager to pull down our BLACK GOVT.

    • hewers of wood July 23, 2017 at 9:09 am

      CCC- talk all the rubbish u want. The white man own THE WHOLE OF BARBADOS including the politicians. Them RUN things. Just make and keep black mugins as the head in Parliament who they and DICTATE. How would it look 95% black country with a white government. MASH THEIR CORN AND SEE BIM SHUT DOWN. I taught better of you by intelligence. Check south Africa set up, actually all colonies. It appears you too is nothing but a DRONE.

      • hewers of wood July 23, 2017 at 9:31 am

        CCC – in case u blind.
        Car companies
        Major supermarkets
        Importation of foods
        Plantations and the growing of food
        Major bakeries
        Insurance companies
        Department stores
        Drinks companies
        Begotten from bare slave ownership.

        And I can go on. What ends are left is Indians and few blacks in that rat hole suttle street and Baxter’s road.

      • Carson C Cadogan July 23, 2017 at 10:00 am

        It is sickening to see that you don’t have any faith in your own BLACK race.

  38. Angus Benn
    Angus Benn July 23, 2017 at 9:37 am


  39. Carson C Cadogan July 23, 2017 at 9:57 am

    The fact that this is being played out in the streets of Barbados like guerrilla warfare, and not in our Parliament shows the very high level of disregard and scorn for our Parliament by those involved who are bent on removing the Govt. from office.

  40. hewers of wood July 23, 2017 at 10:43 am

    CCC- I can see with you to a point. This people will always be used as pawns by the same people. Whites and so called educated blacks sitting in Parliament. Our greatest problem Is DIVISION. When the BLP is put in then the privitisation that Owen was postulating will start. Either way there is hardship for the black masses in this place. Until something tips this people over the edge nothing will change. It is all by design. The Dlp was always disdained by the white people and spending automatically stops when they come to power. But where the stupidity kicks in is when the government starts to spend what they do not have to prop up hotels, restoration projects etc and engage in white elephant projects and then take responsibility. Blacks is the current Trojan horse for their Juggernaut BLP government who the whites fully support as more and more the white expand and strangulate in exchange for a pittance paying Job. This is truly between a rock and a hard place. But our problems as a people remains ASSIMILATION AND A LOST OF IDENTITY. And even worst yet forgetfulness. This people is obstinate and powerless(or so they think. But I will say the only good thing is that Barbados is 95% black when the whole thing kicks off the defence force will be insufficient…………

    • Carson C Cadogan July 23, 2017 at 10:49 am

      I hear you my Brother.

  41. Lorenzo July 23, 2017 at 11:13 am

    My my Joan Worrell none of your stratagies ain,t working?Poor you,now you talking racist mumbo jumbo about Master and slave,after failing dismally to distract Toni Moore with the old lady in the Market and her Workers ignoring her ,tomorrow will show you and your kind of the power of the people,after that we will see.The white masters got to live here as well,so they have as much at stake as all of us but we know where your loyalty lies the survival of the DLP,that is all you care about yardfowl.

  42. Carson C Cadogan July 23, 2017 at 11:31 am

    I never thought that I would live to see the day when BLACK trade Union Leadership would appeal to WHITE people to help them to bring down a BLACK Govt. in Barbados. This is a dark day for Bimshire.

    • Jeff July 23, 2017 at 12:45 pm

      racist mentality once again lol

  43. Sandra basc July 23, 2017 at 1:15 pm

    Why are we making the march a race thing? We are all Barbadians who are suffering under this DLP government. Whether we are wealthy or not we have all had our spending power reduced.

    We should be able to come together in all situations without some people being bigots.

  44. ulaunda July 23, 2017 at 5:37 pm

    Am just asking a question when they march the Government doesn”t give into there demands what happen then and supposed they decided to send home workers what will happen then

  45. Real Bajan July 23, 2017 at 10:22 pm

    We will wait and see.

  46. Real Bajan July 23, 2017 at 10:24 pm

    There are more frustrated Barbadians than DLP supporters! A boycott of businesses not supporting the march will have more of an impact than if DLP supporters boycott the march supporters.


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